Matthew Dear is back with a new single, "Modafinil Blues," following up his DJ-Kicks mix from earlier this year. It’s the first release we’ve heard from Dear since 2013 and the first release on his label Ghostly since 2012, hopefully a sign of more to come.
"Modafinil Blues" was written with Troy Nōka, a longtime Frank Ocean collaborator, in California's Topanga Canyon the week before Trump's inauguration. After being set up by a mutual friend, the two holed up together to write songs and wrap their heads around the future, NPR reports.
Lyrically, the track is contemplative and introspective, haunted by dishonesty. On his SoundCloud Dear explains, “The song hints at conceptual roadblocks requiring more than a simple or single solution.” Whether this is referential to Dear’s own modafinil use (modafinil being a ‘cognition-enhancing agent’) remains to be seen, but the sentiment alludes to a melancholic creative process that’s laborious and not easily fixed.
"Modafinil Blues" is out now via Ghostly International.