8/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 04 November 2010
Dreamend are a Chicago based outfit featuring members of obscure synth-o's Black Moth Super Rainbow with assistance from members of The Appleseed Cast. There's also a little production assistance courtesy of Black Moth dude Tobacco and mixing duties are taken care of by John Congleton of The Paper Chase. So that's the credentials out of the way! 'So I Ate Myself, Bite By Bite' embraces the sound of alt-country and runs with it. In many ways it's a modern American folk record, yet it's littered with poppy moments and post-Animal Collective-isms that give it the feel of a mutated pop record, mainly due to the catchiness of the vocal melodies. Dreamend rely heavily on 'Deliverance'-esque banjo plucking as well as acoustic guitars, bells, chimes, primitive synths and organs, yet they manage to craft it into something that sounds fresh and inviting to my anti-folk ears. Dave reckons it sounds like Built To Spill in parts but I'm not sure about that. Only gripe is the dodgy cover sleeve painting and the title...other than that we're all good.
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