(Great Escape 2012 flavoured!) Album Review: Weird Dreams – Choreography

By on Thursday, 3rd May 2012 at 1:00 pm
 

In case you haven’t been watching the news, Carl Wilson’s long-lost children have all found each other, formed a pop group and released their first full-length studio album, entitled ‘Choreography.’ No? Okay, well close your eyes and play the new Weird Sounds record and you could very well believe this to be true. (Oh and for the record, they’re Carl’s children because he was and always will be the best member of the Beach Boys).

There’s nothing strange about Weird Dreams, a four-piece indie pop band from London who have recently come off of touring the UK with American indie rock darlings the War on Drugs.

All 12 tracks on their debut album feature everything you expect for a summer album like this: clapping, falsetto harmonies and warm psychedelic riffs. It’s the aural equivalent of a late evening walk on a sunset-soaked beach. However, the lush melodies all contrast with the lyrical content of the album. There’s nothing quite like a happy, upbeat tune to accompany the words “always so faceless/ your voice encased in mystery.”

One great track for me would have to be ‘River of The Damned.’ Compared to a vast majority of tracks on the record, there’s a much slower tempo here. When lined up next to the quick jingly riffs of the other songs, it creates a contrast with the rest of ‘Choreography’ and makes it stand out from the crowd. ‘Faceless’ is also another treat on the record, if not purely for the baseline that begins the song and runs throughout. ‘Faceless’ and ‘Michael’ both featured on the band’s well-received EP ‘Hypnagogic Lullaby’ that was released last year.

Unfortunately, it’s the title track that lets the album down. Compared to the rest of the album it just seems flat and, dare I say it, disappointing. Maybe this was intended as a way of warming down the listener at the end of the album, after all ‘Choreography’ is the 12th song of 12. Either way, it doesn’t wind the listener down in a way that makes me excited at the prospect of the band releasing another album. If this was a TV show, its season finale would be the ultimate anti-climax. Luckily, the content of the rest of the season more than makes up for it.

It sounds hyperbolic but it’s true: it has been a while since an album has encapsulated the sounds of summer in such a way as ‘Choreography.’ Weird Dreams produce their modern take on the melodic pop that made the ‘60s and early ‘70s what they are best known for. The band are currently on a tour of the UK this month, so I recommend going along if you want to begin your summer holiday early and fancy escaping those rainy showers.

8/10

Weird Dreams’ debut album ‘Choreography’ is out now on Tough Love Records. The band will be performing at this year’s Great Escape as part of the Under the Radar showcase at the Psychosocial basement at 20.30 (8:30 PM) on Thursday 10 May and as part of a showcase being sponsored by the Fly Magazine at Blind Tiger at 20.30 (8:30 PM) on Friday 11 May.

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