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4.0 out of 5 stars A ripper?,
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant positive melodic atmospheric harmony fuelled indie psych pop,
First listening gives the impression of one long 44 minute track punctuated by their trademark 60s style Mama & Papas/Peanut Butter Conspiracy/Sunshine Company harmonies. In fact every track is quite different/distinctive but the initial impression is one of that. 3rd track 'Promises' with its twangy fender style guitar plus organ & with a full hearted "for your love" repeated (though done slightly different to The Yardbirds)...and like Alister's gutsy vocal style created here, really grabs. 'Moonrabbit' opens with another 60s style harmonies delivery and if you didn't know better you'd be forgiven for thinking this is 1967 sublime harmony psychedelic pop. 'Island Living' is sort of grinding disco drum'n'bass "there are things in this world where the truth could hurt you" & is more excellence. The Beach House-like 'The Smoke, The Feeling' proved my fave with some beautiful slightly decoded vocals seemingly in unison/harmony but actually it is just Heidi singing....also great decoder guitar floats around & is one of the most beautiful ethereal sounds heard for awhile "leave a trace on me in colours dark vivid hues no one would expect these colours to compliment the rest" "I'm dreaming". 'Scar' & 'Happy Birthday' (2nd fave) continue this brilliance. 'Tombstone' has an unusual ending as they sing in harmony in the background as if they're in a cave with dripping water then this effect starts up again in 11th track 'Dream Cave' itself with an almost 50s style ballad feeling then as it is on replay back to first track (a play on words on 'Dream Cave') 'Scream Rave' as the cycle repeats. Alister sings lead on most tracks but Heidi is always there to add vocal support. These songs create a soundscape which somehow captures the Aussie landscape. Less jingle jangly pop & more melancholic obtuse than their previous LP, but it is a successful 2nd effort. Ignore the indifferent reviews & go get yourself a copy. Brilliant positive melodic atmospheric harmony fuelled indie psych pop.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, lively, warm and atmospheric!,
I've only just discovered this Aussie 4 piece, were they featured on the free MP3 album: 'Infectious Music 2013; Chew on This' from Amazon.... and I'm so saddened I didn't know about them sooner..
'Dream Cave' is Cloud Control's second album release and it's as excellent as the first, titled; 'Bliss Release' in 2011
Get yourself on YouTube, watch the video's for the amazing songs 'Dojo Rising' and the title track 'Dream Cave' and I will be amazed if your not wanting more!
Download this album, and all for the price of 4 'Tinnies'.... you won't be disappointed!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great 'live' band!,
Haven't actually bought this album...but am about to. And that's on the strength of seeing the band live last night, supporting Local Natives in Cambridge. Superb band, with really well constructed and performed songs. Great sound. Great dynamics within the band. And some of the best bass playing I've seen and heard in a long time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars so far v good really,
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great stuff, heard em on 6music n liked em so went for it! not at all dissapointed. great that theres difference in the rocky, hippyish, and electro tracks,
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