Headcage [EP] - Matthew Dear
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  • Summary: The four track EP was produced with Van Rivers and the Subliminal Kid.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jan 26, 2012
    85
    While this EP is a rather nice progression for Dear, and truly shows the diversity of his music, it also will give listeners something to wait for when his project comes out.
  2. 80
    Headcage begins where last year's Slowdance EP left off, sharing an inventiveness; creating driving, hazy, and atmospheric dance music.
  3. Jan 18, 2012
    70
    It's a brand of nostalgia concocted from listless energy, a wandering jumble of drums, soothing, eyes-closed croons, sighs and elastic vocals that recall different influences at every turn.
  4. Headcage has a pair of iffy tracks to weigh down two good--if not great--tracks, the whole EP sits in a generally favourable position in my view.
  5. Jan 30, 2012
    65
    Better to think of this one as a purposefully delineated double A-side.
  6. Jan 24, 2012
    65
    Show[s] only a hair's breadth of progress from previous albums. That's not entirely a ruinious outcome, but it's not always an enticing one.
  7. Jan 23, 2012
    50
    When this EP gets it right, it is a triumphant nod to Dear's versatile ear, but when it settles for being weird for the sake of it, it's simply messy.

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  1. Feb 26, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Matthew Dear's title track is the leader of pack in this EP, but strong enough to carry the entire project, leaving the listener wanting an album of the same realm. The timbre arrangement of swooning bass, glistening keys, and rounded layering of vocals is arguably the most impressive in his career. Expand