Matthew Dear MINUS / GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL
Ripp Off (Firefly Recordings
At the heart of Matthew Dear's electro-pop opus Asa Breed lies "Pom Pom," a miniature slice of sound and vision whose rallying cry of "I've got to figure out love" is one of the record's most neck-tingling moments. For "Pom Pom"'s 10" release, Dear hands the tune over to DFA's Juan Maclean, who teases out the modest track's wilder side in four slick disco-house remixes.
By the time you get to Dear's original "Pom Pom" at the record's end, "I've got to figure out love" seems less a statement of confusion than a sideways smile, an ironic aside by a master of pop-music ambiguity.