I was besotted with their first album , moments of magnificent, majestic, moody pop.
So what of Dream Cave; second albums can be tricky- what to do ? Stay with the formula that garnered critical acclaim and a favourable fan base built upon it, or go elsewhere, branch out , develop your musical maturity, especially considering they won the aussie equivalent of the mercury prize...well our Aussie cousins have delivered an album that manages to do both, make me feel like I know this album, but thrills me with the sounds they have put togethor.
So relocated to London they give us Dream Cave, produced by Barny Barnicott- responsible for offerings by Spiritualized, Arctic Monkeys etc.
There is one instant on 'Happy Birthday', towards the end of what is almost a perfect pop song , where the harmonies are just bliss, each time I play the track I wait in anticipation for that brief minute or so of gorgeous harmonic perfection , which should in my view have been accentuated and prolonged a little longer.Perhaps not intentionally but creating a feel of Fleetwood Macs more magnificent harmonious moments.
But the psych and ever so slightly folky feel of the music seperates them from just being another poppy folk combo, particularly when they drift off into trance like psychedelic landscapes, with swirling synths and vocals, with a backdrop of drum macine plus real drumming all making for dreamy listening.
The track 'Scar' is so wonderfully poppy and catchy,verging on guilty pleasure, but delightful.Chilled, dreamy and and on the whole a lovely album.
Its polished stuff, and flits between delightfully playful and teetering on gravitas, but its almost like the band dont feel the need to get too heavy just yet, not too introspective, not too in your face with depth, but they are getting there. A highly recommended album.