4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Moments of brilliance over ambient backing,
This review is from: Dream Signals In Full Circles (Audio CD)
Ok, the first thing you need to know about this album is that it is not in the directly magnificent leagues of say, Godspeed you black emperor! or Explosions in the sky. What Dream signals delivers is wholly different. By combining background ambience with the simple rythmic guitars so beloved of explosions, A song like building peaks for example uses a continual phrase on the guitar over an soft ambient glassy instrumentation with gentle percussive encouragement. In some places it becomes reminscent of Eno's Music for Airports, in others explosions in the skys The earth is not a cold dead place.
Here is its biggest downfall: being stuck between ambience and percussio the album tends to grate, seeming rather pointless, failing to reach any true conclusions, and changes to pace or rythm such as on a track like 'I am a cheetah' come as welcome but sometimes too little too late.
Overall a good album. My advice is to switch all your lights off and lie down on your bed with perhaps some incencese (cheesy!) and just soak up the ambience. Failing that just leave it on to do any work. Go for it if you want to hear something fresh but familiar.