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My interest in this CD was instantly piqued by the cryptic words in a quote from The Fader adorning a sticker on the cover - “what might happen if Peaking Lights got sick of dub reggae and took a detour into the woodsier corners of The Incredible String Band’s discography”. Well what would happen? I had to find out.
What I’m learning from the press release is that Dream Boat is the duo of Page Campbell and Dan Donahue, veterans of the Athens, Georgia scene, and they’ve assembled a stellar backing band here with members of Olivia Tremor Control, Neutral Milk Hotel and Elf Power among others. Together they’ve created an album of haunting, swelling psychedelic dreampop with weary, wistful Cocteaus-esque vocals, pastoral strings, tape loop weirdness and a hanging, nostalgic seam of longing running through it all.
On first listen I particularly enjoyed the track ‘Wildfires’ with its relentless churning groove, distant guitar fuzz, clever synth touches and dreamy vocals really striking a chord with me, but the whole album is full of gorgeously blurred, folksy dreampop class that I’m immediately impressed by.
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