Matthew Dear speaks in a laconic, but commanding baritone. It’s the kind of voice that has stories to tell. Over the last eight years the shapeshifting poster boy of leftfield techno has created a nuanced body of work under a variety of guises, but revealed little of himself. That is, until now. On his extraordinary, soul-bearing new album Dear emerges as a master of ambiguous, brooding pop music. ‘Asa Breed’ is a tapestry of opaque insights and overheard arguments channelled into short, punchy songs: songs about relationships, heartbreak and even murder.