Dream Pop | DOA - Part 2

Landing – Wave Lair

Landing - Wave Lair

Adding punctuation to a year that saw them return from dormancy with a lively self-titled album, Connecticut space-rockers Landing have released a 32-minute mini-album/EP titled Wave Lair. This year's Landing acted as a reboot for the group, furthering their already-wide scope into territory which included loud beats and fast tempos. Wave Lair … [Read more...]

New Music Spotlight #3

Dangerous Muse - Red EP

Dangerous Muse – Red EP Electronic synth-pop artist Mike Furey, AKA Dangerous Muse, has been on the scene for a while, breaking through with MTV-approved “The Rejection” in 2006 and with an enticing video for “I Want It All” in 2009 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN6sc-zpFL0).  Mike has released a string of singles and EPs, with 2 more EPs on … [Read more...]

Landing – Landing

Landing - Landing

Landing albums have always been beauties regardless of volume, but they've usually been typecast as music for sleep or rest, operating well at lower volumes. Not so with their first album of new music in 6 years, the self-titled Landing. The louder you play it, the better it gets. The personnel for this album is Aaron Snow, Adrienne Snow, and … [Read more...]

Violens – True

Symmetry

It’s easy to argue that out of all the past decades of music, the 1980s gave us the most dated, shallow, and irrelevant material. So much of it felt so artificial and soulless because it replaced decent musicianship and songwriting with electronic, formulaic muzak. However, there were also plenty of good bands that crafted catchy melodies with … [Read more...]

Carrousel – 27 rue de mi’chelle

27 rue de mi'chelle

Arguably no other genre (or subgenre, really) can capture introspection and emotion as beautifully and intensely as orchestrated dream pop. With its gentle yet profound arrangements, lovely harmonies, and affective melodies, more often than not, the music pierces listeners’ hearts and leaves them in awe. On its short but sweet debut, 27 rue de … [Read more...]

Beach House – Bloom

Beach House - Bloom

The impending release of Beach House’s Bloom LP has all the trappings of a hype-saturated media frenzy.  An upstart duo from the not-so-halcyon environs of Baltimore records two albums of tentative dream pop that immediately wins over critics but fails to draw much of a mainstream audience.  In 2010, the band’s vision and creative zeal is finally … [Read more...]

Grimes – Visions

Grimes – Visions

Throughout the creation of music, a vision is definitely one of the most fundamental features for any artist to realize. Canadian-born Claire Boucher has already released two albums under her Grimes moniker to light praise. Her vision of music is one that is unyieldingly catchy and ethereal in overall scope and, while maintaining a skillful hand at … [Read more...]

Crushed Stars – In the Bright Rain

Crushed Stars - In the Bright Rain

When it comes to dream pop, it’s difficult not to succumb to the genre’s inherent charm.  Sure, the general murkiness will often leave you feeling anesthetized, but who wouldn’t be at least slightly assuaged by undulating guitar arpeggios and gauzy vocal melodies soaked in cathedral levels of reverb?  Haphazard metal and hackneyed punk are easy to … [Read more...]

Memoryhouse – The Slideshow Effect

Memoryhouse-The-Kids-Were-Wrong

Memoryhouse does dream pop, a genre name that is relatively self-explanatory, but which requires more than saying the obvious, which is that dream pop is pretty dreamy. It’s not music to be played especially loudly, and it’s not something so much that you listen to as absorb. But the best way to explain is that listening to dream pop is a lot … [Read more...]

Kramies – The European EP

Kramies - The European EP

Burgeoning lo-fi bedroom music projects are about as ubiquitous these days as the Kardashians – seemingly omnipresent whether you’re trolling Twitter, Wikipedia, or some hipster blog on Tumblr.  Kim and Chloe are a little bit more outlandish and erratic in their public lives than are the likes of Youth Lagoon of Memory Tapes though, and those … [Read more...]