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October 30, 2009

The Russian FuturistsThe Method of Modern Love & Let’s Get Ready to Crumble: The first two full-length albums from Toronto’s Matthew Adam Hart, released  in 2000 and 2002, respectively, were infectious pop gems that took many by surprise. The bedroom-studio production aesthetic, the undeniable melodies, and the energy behind it all still make these records lots of fun. At the time, Hart was working by himself, fully embracing and reveling in the amateurism of it. He spoke in interviews about not really knowing what he was doing, and about not even really remembering what he played on some of the tracks, but listening to these first two albums, one gets his talent for songwriting and arranging full on. These two records are pretty much just a guy having fun and effortlessly putting down some of the finest lo-fi (or otherwise) synth pop ever recorded. Hart received a fair amount of attention in the early 2000s as a result of these albums, both in Canada and abroad, and he released his glossier third album Our Thickness in 2005 to much acclaim. The band and the sound of the music were expanded a bit with that release, and the audience was growing, but apart from some remixing and a compilation release of tunes from the three records mentioned here, Hart has been fairly quiet for the last couple years. From all indications though, he’s still active, and talk of a new record has been circulating for quite some time now. Hopefully it’ll materialise at some point.

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