Bolinas – Angostura – Single Review

The US dreamwave band Bolinas released the single Angostura earlier in the month.

Bolinas

Bolinas

Without any of the bitterness of taste of the name of the botanicals – in Angostura (available on bandcamp) Bolinas take the listener on a silky smooth flow of synths, instrumentation and voice.

The listener is minded of the sumptuousness of a rich chocolate and cherry sponge overlaid with a thick double cream as the just over four and three quarters minutes song revolves through the ears gently massaging away knots in the neck muscles leaving the audience sweeping gently with the breeze of the folding electronica which settles in the room.

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Floral Couches – Dim Lights – Audio

The US dreamwave project Flora Couches released the LP Electric Fever on the 16th.

Floral Couches

Floral Couches

Although the nine track album (available on bandcamp) has a melancholic air the listener is not drawn in to a well of despondency rather slow-stepping with head gently laid on the shoulder of a partner in the luxurious textures of electronics, instrumentation and hazy vocal that float through the ears.

My selection from Electric Fever being the antepenultimate – Dim Lights.

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Faith Healer – Sterling Silver – Audio

On the 8th of September the Canadian dreamwave project Faith Healer release the LP Try ;​-​).

Faith Healer

Faith Healer

A nine track album (available on bandcamp) which straddles a wide pit with music refraining from the psychedelic to art-rock with much synthesis inside – yet the commonality of theme is the melting flow of the hypnotic vocal which flows through the ears akin to a spectral hallucination as referenced in the fourth song Sterling Silver.

For those who have been hanging around since the 2015 LP Cosmic Troubles for the follow-up long player you will discover a far more floating vocal and introduction of electronics along with far less timbre as it has been in the hands of a range compressing mainstream radio producer, though equally be delighted that the trippy nature of the sounds remains at the heart of everything.

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Shyguy – Had It I’m Hiding – Video

The Australian dreamwave creator Shyguy is currently finalising details for an EP.

Shyguy

Shyguy

From the forthcoming release Had It I’m Hiding is a shadowy track that holds references to derivations of rock which are couched in a dreamy-electronic flow which is steeped in a melancholic soundtrack.

To paraphrase Winston Churchill – the music ‘… is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key…’. and therein lays the allure of Had It I’m Hiding.

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SP RR W – Atmosphere (the most daring escape) – Video

The English dreamwave quartet SP RR W release the LP Post-Truth later in the year.

SP RR W

SP RR W

From the album, the first track to surface – Atmosphere (the most daring escape) – which will be released as a stand alone single on the 11th – drifts through the room in luscious waves of sound that alight comfortably around the shoulders, whilst conversely the  lyric itself wrests of the pain driven through the malaise of much of society whereby if someone is different to one clique or another they are demonised.

It is their ability to take strong political stance without tearing holes in the speakers that gives the music its powerful impact.

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