Matthew Dear – “Modafinil Blues”

Although he’s been active under the guise of his techno alias Audion, avant-pop crooner Matthew Dear hasn’t released much music under his own name since 2012’s excellent Beams. That all changes today with the release of “Modafinil Blues,” his first official single in years, which he wrote in Topanga Canyon with longtime Frank Ocean collaborator Troy Nōka. Named after a supposedly cognitive-enhancing “smart drug,” the song finds Dear’s slithering, emotive baritone cutting through a fog of moody electronics, and you can hear it below.

Matthew Dear

CREDIT: Chris Arace