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The Lucid Dream? Must be a psychedelic band right? Correct. A psych band delivering their second LP, the self-titled, The Lucid Dream. Truly a band of the new psychedelic drive we find ourselves in, the group edge closer to the kraut inspired bands of TOY or the heavy-rockers of Bo Ningen on this LP, a swirling mess of guitar and vocals punctuated by some heavy-hitting, Can inspired drumming.

The LP is half aqua marine and half green wax and limited to a pressing of 750.

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Aqua marine / green duo-tone vinyl LP on The Great Pop Supplement. Edition of 750 copies.

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The Lucid Dream by The Lucid Dream
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 19 March 2015

I actually think that if a film were made about my life at this point, the soundtrack would be a full order of psych rock. It may not be the score I want, but it is the one I deserve, and John Carpenter isn’t always available. If I get to have a rags-to-riches moment where my underdog status shoots through the roof, though, I’d like the Lucid Dream to be playing; this band’s nervous energy is thrilling, and their new record marks the first time in a good few months that I’ve found psych rock to be utterly inspiring.

The Lucid Dream’s newest self-titled record carves its way out of ferocious repetition -- the standard fare of convincing, steadfast riffs and full-throttle drumming -- to find space for ascendent, top-of-the-mountain moments. Opener “Mona Lisa” is nine minutes of sonic territory changing hands, an instrumental of circular verses that get replaced with boisterous climaxes worthy of whatever post-rock band is releasing an album next week. I forget their name. Vocals don’t add much to the mix, but they don’t spoil the grand landscaping the band are doing, with “Cold Killer” introducing distorted ambient scenery before stripping it away for compelling choruses of heavily treated chords and snare attacks.

The Lucid Dream have crafted something cinematic here without sacrificing their sense of leftfield abandon -- or their sense of humour, for that matter, which is apparent in the stuttering rhythms and gloopy synths of “Unchained Dub”, as well as on the strikingly twee choruses of "Unchained". Their work is at its best when they stretch it out and forget how to deliver a cadence, and this record suggests, a few times, that the Lucid Dream sound never want to come down.

10/10 Psychedelic Jesus Customer review, 23rd April 2015

Absolutely fantastic album. Really spaced out Hawkwind-like cosmic rock with strong jangly shoe gaze influences and some kraut-rocking jamming. Can be heard on this record that this band plays loud! You don`t need any hallucinogens when you have recorded trips like this one. Can it be even possible to have more distorted guitars? And still they have songs and good catching melodies! Not just a stoned jamming. Just a jangly psychedelic gem!

If you are in Sonic Boom, Spacemen 3, Loop, Jesus and Mary Chain and psychedelia this one is perfect match for you.

8/10 Frank Customer rating (no review), 17th May 2016



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