Dreamboat is a collaboration that brings together the synth / bass clarinet outfit Golden Retriever (itself a duo) with singer / guitarist Ilyas Ahmed. The results are magical, successfully bringing 2 rather different musical approaches into a shared space that actually makes sense. A special trip on MIE Music.
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MIE offer up a great big heartswell of a record here, requesting the sonic matrimony of Ilyas “There Is An Angel On Earth” Ahmed and duo Golden Retriever, who do slightly ambient things with bass clarinets and synths. Ahmed released the romantic guitar paean ‘I Am All Your Own’ a couple years back, a gorgeous record that rerouted the foggy anaesthetic of his work with Liz Harris into proper songwriting. Here, we seem him meander in full once more, his watered-down guitar strums placed against sizzling synth chords that wade through to the foreground, plus processed bass that gives the record its darker and gloomier counterpoint.
“Aftershock Face To Face” is a rather monolithic effort, all things considered: it seems to bring together everything Ahmed and Golden Retriever are respectively capable of. Synths both permeate melodies and cast overbearing droning figures; Ahmed’s guitar is both lethargic and active in its role, and his voice pushes its way through the instrumental build-up, a soft and gorgeous coo that calms the aggressions of the piece right down. The key changes are enormous, spooky, and that final couple of minutes sees Ahmed’s sweet, wide-eyed sounds go toe to toe with synths that are straight-up vampiric.
It’s a beguiling collaboration; you may well wonder how the fuck it works. I'm happy to sail right through it.
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