On Dreamtime’s second album they continue their quest for maximum distortion and acid-fried weirdness. Sun is a very heavy mixture of groovy drones, ferocious freak-outs and messy garage guitars. They’ll incorporate anything as long as it’s loud and trippy, so here they also dabble in Tibetan mantras.
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7/10 Robin Staff review, 15 March 2016
Get rid of your office clock and replace it with me nodding my head back and forth as I listen, free of emotion, to your favourite psych rock album. Aight, then: this week it’s Dreamtime, with a record I can objectively sum up as spacey, a “trip”, full of good riffs. It’s also old-school, full of hard rock slams and swirls. On certain tracks, the production hones in on Zac Anderson’s vocal performance and lets it take up much of the room around oscillating synths, fuzzed guitars and cymbal-crushing drums. His voice is the epicentre, then, much like the pristine focus of an otherwise blurry photo. At other times, the whole damn thing blurs. We should have known.
Dreamtime do the psychedelic thing and appropriate Eastern musics into their own with “Baphomet”, a drone influenced momentarily by Tibetan voices before becoming a crushing doom ballad. It sounds kinda confused and unthinking, as the two sounds try to melt into each other but clumsily stumble instead; the band break forward a fiery chord, a massive hit of the drums and lowkey moans of “oh baby”. It doesn’t come together perfectly, is all I’m saying, and the band move on to the more straightforward riffing and humming of “The Road”, a track that perfectly projects the tempo and dramatic heights the band should stay at; it reaches some sort of crescendo, but never loses its original motifs, sounding psychedelically soundproof. Maudlin ballad “Brujeria” also shows the virtues of building and thoroughly examining a song with one main idea, using a beautiful riff and indoctrinating it with whistles ‘n’ cymbals.
It’s best for Dreamtime to take the road most taken, methinks.
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