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One of those rare outfits producing music from the depths of the Cumbria, The Lucid Dream are up to their third full-length album. Compulsion Songs has a little of the weirdness you’d expect from such isolation, freely mixing krautrock, dub, garage-noise and plenty more. I was occasionally reminded of Clinic, which is always a good thing. Out on Holy Are You Recordings.

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Compulsion Songs by The Lucid Dream
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 27 September 2016

Once accused, by me, of being the Lake District’s banner psych rock fixture, the Lucid Dream are in fact from Carlisle and make music to wash away the dreariness of it all (subtext: life). ‘Compulsion Songs’ continues to prove the a psych-y garage band cut above the rest: rather than submit to a roundabout of hypnotic riffs and sonorously thorough rhythms, they make often furious, abrasive and elemental music, curling their riffs around grandiose refrains, swirling effects and a general zest for living equipped with instruments.

I’ve heard “Bad Texan” before many a time, and it continues to be the blaringly massive tune it always was, as if taking the maximalist literalisation of psych rock via “Tomorrow Never Knows” very seriously indeed and then transposing it for the more extreme modernisations of the genre. The way the band open onto vocals is almost a first in current day psych: it sounds like they’re actually excited to start doing a song proper, breaking into breathless refrains before curling back towards feedback.

From there the record feels like it’s on a highway to… high, with “Stormy Weathers” continuing down the same fluorescently-tinged road, “I’m A Star In My Own Right” mixing sax-bluster with a droning escapade and a dubbed beat. “The Emptiest Place” is a surfed-up ballad with the same fierce volumes and emotively-oriented riffs, eventually transitioning into an entirely different beast after spaghetti western flavour. They’re doing a lot, within what’s usually a very narrow world, to make contact. And they do.

3/10 Matthew Customer rating (no review), 20th October 2016
8/10 Les Customer rating (no review), 15th October 2016



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