Dream Division, the project of Londoner Tom McDowell, follows the success of two singles on Polytechnic Youth with his debut album, Transcend. Soundwise, expect 80s B-movie horror soundtracks mixed with psychedelic electronics and weird grooves, inspired by the films of John Carpenter and Stanley Kubrick.
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I have been selected for the interplanetary mind travel experience. How exciting. I never win anything. Well one time I one the equivalent of about £20 off a Hungarian scratch card my grandma bought me but you know, this feels a bit more exciting. Never done any interplanetary mind travel. I wonder what it’s like?
Well lucky for me I’ve got a copy of Dream Divisions ‘Transcend’ which seems to think it can give me a taste. And let me start off by saying that there are a lot more synthesisers than I was expecting. Well truthfully, there are exactly the amount of synthesisers I was expecting, this is on Polytechnic Youth after all.
But anyway, it seems the process of interplanetary mind travel is a bit… apocalyptic. The synths cascade like waterfalls, almost overwhelming in their size and detail. It’s overwhelming in the best of ways mind, the sort of music that makes you feel very small. Those cascades have a science-fiction sheen to them, that sort of laser sharpness that brings to mind the Bladerunner soundtrack.
When it’s not trying to crush your mind, it’s instead trying to stretch it. Where ‘Aspatial’ feels like going into a black hole, ‘Eternal Form’ feels like coming out of one, all spaghettified and waiting to be put back together.
Having listened to ‘Transcend’ I think I’ll probably pass on the interplanetary mind travel experience. I’m not ashamed of being a coward.
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