DREAMEND is in essence Ryan Graveface, the sole proprietor and employee of Chicago’s Graveface Records, and part time guitarist for psychedelic oddballs, Black Moth Super Rainbow. Touted as ‘dreampop / psychfolk’ this single is offered up as a taster for the new album ‘So I Ate Myself, Bite by Bite’ which is due for release in the UK come early November.
And you know what…? Despite the use of the dreaded ‘f’ word in the description of the musical genre, this is a great little song!
From a very quiet opening, the acoustic guitar picks up the volume with a shuffling rhythm as Ryan’s vocals break in. These are layered initially with lovely harmonies before the song briefly drops back again towards its hushed beginnings. Then, with slightly less than two minutes remaining of the four, the song bursts open with a “Hah!” and the sound instantly becomes fuller with female backing vocals and distorted handclaps (they do it for me every time!) vying with the hooked line of the glockenspiel.
Dare I say ‘My Old Brittle Bones’ has echoes of Arcade Fire about it? As a one-off track, it also reminds me of another Canadian band, Islands.
Not bad reference points, I would suggest, should any be needed.
(Released through Memphis Industries on 20th September 2010)
(8.5 / 10)