Londoners Fever Dream are back with a new album following their 2015 debut 'Moyamoya'. Squid promises us more of their mesmeric guitar work, infused with a blend of grungy psychedelia with wall-of-noise shoegaze manoeuvring. Fluid and expansive sounds to immerse yourself in. LP on Club AC 30.
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For those who brave going out into the streets after the curtains are drawn come Fever Dream. They play a form of noisy shoegaze with enough scary Sonic Youth chords to soundtrack your terrifying rain drenched walk from the bus stop to your suburban home. Unlike a lot of young shoegazers out there Fever Dream aren't nice. Their music has a disconcerting edge with bass lines rubbing up against highly charged guitar parts which on the opening of 'Youth (is wasted on the old)' sounds like the drenched noise of DIIV.
They have the atmospheres down pat but the songs are not clear cut yet....on 'Heads Will Roll' the guitars cut out brilliantly to allow chugging bass to carry the melody. More of this please. In a word: dynamics. That the vocals sound like they were added as an afterthought doesn't actually spoil listener enjoyment it just means that Fever Dream remain in the 'promising' department alongside half a hundred young guitar slingers vying to be the next Catherine Wheel. Watch this space though - there's enough angular Smashing Pumpkins'esque angst here to ensure that this is a listenable slab of noise.
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