Debut album from this aptly monikered London 3-piece. Fever Dream make their pass at shoegaze revivalism with their instruments calibrated to ‘pop’, the target: ‘euphoria’. These guys deliver their overdriven guitar fantasies in neat alt-rock packages for easy, satisfying absorption . Moyamoya is out on vinyl from Club AC30.
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- Moyamoya by Fever Dream
8/10 Hayley Staff review, 08 May 2015
Fever Dream’s debut EP demonstrated the London trio’s predilection for noise and fuzz – a familiar aesthetic that seems to be doing the rounds of late. It would be easy to denounce the band as mere Sonic Youth-esque, '90's copyists like many of their contemporaries, then, but their prevailing take on shoe-gaze is one that draws inspiration from a number of genres.
Never really sticking to any single formula on ‘Moyamoya’, it’s rock, noise pop, punk, shoegaze, and catchy indie rock all rolled into one. Also appropriately sounding like it was recorded in some basement, there are no effusive tricks involved during production. Instead, it’s the sound of 3 people in a room making primitive, no-frills guitar music, with enough pop sensibility to make all 10 tracks memorable enough to warrant repeated listens, never losing its appeal in the process.
Having seen this band live, it was Cat Loye’s drumming that impressed the most: her style is effortlessly skilled, and this comes across on record – her sporadic fills give colour to the music and contribute to the band’s wonderful quiet – loud moments– while Sarah Lippett’s grungy, echoed guitar lines interplay nicely with singer Adrian Fleet’s distinct and buried vocals.
The real stand out moments here are the ineffable, indie-disco-classic-in- the-making ‘Seratonin Hit’ – its punchy, melodic chorus counteract the more unhurried, comparatively sedate ’Glue’ which sounds similarly triumphant, proving that, while they primarily deal in chaos and clamour, aren’t averse to slow sentimentalism. Never one for encouraging hype, this time I feel the buzz around this band might well be validated.
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