Drowning Dreams released a new LP – the thirteen track Dream While Drowning on the 10th August 2013.
Opening with Take My Chances a track which takes the listener on a subterranean struggle as the ears are enraptured by the coalescence of the LP title and the strangulated vocals – is this enough to take us onwards?
Leave It All Behind elicits a response as we bubble down into the depths and across the room emerges sounds which hammer the ears akin to being inside a submersible. Bereft of vocal this is a signature piece.
Next we find Something Dark In The Heart which seems incongruous though intoxicating and it is time for the listener to explore the interpretations of the band and LP title – I can’t find the connection, let me know if you do. I get the sense the Tom Lugo who I have explored many times before with his band iterations has become a little lazy in attempting to gain SEO gaming with a new band name and would be better throwing this into the melting pot of Tom Lugo, not a new iteration as this makes little sense under the LP and band title, this is best reflected as Tom Lugo the creator not Tom Lugo the SEO gamer and sad to see this happening. I believe the saying is – don’t try to kid a kidder.
Sirens of Lo continues the theme of irrelevance and let us throw off the shackles of the play on names and get back to the music, which is sublime.
To Hell You Opened The Gates is what makes the LP what it is, combining rap and reggae under a shoegaze umbrella and this creativity is why the iterations are so often covered.
I am glad to have left of the band nomenclature by the halfway point and can concentrate on the music. The middle track in this case Surmonté does as you expect of all Lugo releases and set a new direction which sets up the second half of the LP with a new expectation as we find wide open spaces of the Savannah to explore.
Where No One Has Gone explores an interpenetration of surf around the ears and head back to the title with the listener left still cupping their ears to clear the water – a track of pure pleasure and my pick of the release.
That isn’t to say the LP is done, as next we find Mimas – an engaging bass leads the ears into something that resonates of psychedelia as the high strung guitar captures the brain holding attention and again the big stage abilities of the Tom Lugo artefacts emerge – a delight.
Gears & Wheels is a far more rock derivative track whilst it also exposes the roots of reverbed and echoed guitars, do let this swagger around your head for a while.
The penultimate track Ipotane is fusion of intertwined guitars which bounce one to the other and a well constructed three minutes of inversion. this has much to engage the audience.
The concluding track being Charybdis which heads back to relevance to the LP title with a submersible soundscape.
Why would I be left feeling so bereft after 45 minutes of superb music you may wonder? A highly talented artist trying to game the search engines is the answer.