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BENEATH THE DARK WIDE SKY

Dream The Electric Sleep

 

Crossover Prog

3.74 | 29 ratings

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Timdano
4 stars I'm frankly surprised to be the first listener here to review this album by Dream The Electric Sleep, a band that flies surprisingly - even in prog circles - under the radar.

The mix/production is a little better than the horribly muddy, non-distinct-yet-still-excellent 2014 Heretics. I'm certain that this is in large part due to Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush's recent 2 studio albums, etc.) being handed the production reigns. Mr. Raskulinecz also bring about focus and clarity to the songwriting albeit less experimentation. Also missing is the gritty edge than Heretics displayed (which may be why this album doesn't have as much traction here at Prog Archives)?

My ears are soaking in echoes of U2, Led Zepellin, King Crimson, Rush, Pink Floyd.. even a little taste of so-called Shoe-gaze here too (which I don't mind at all, actually). The only truly weak song here is The Good Night Sky. The album closes with All Good Things which, if you love The Cure's Disintegration as much as do, do me a favor- sit back, put on a good set of headphones, grab a glass of wine, crank the volume, set just this song on repeat, sit back and soak it in. Ok, you're back; I was right wasn't I? Now, with the same headphones and sense of calm, check out the break, starting around 3:00 in Culling the Herd. Ooh, that's good, isn't it? The instrumental tracks, We Who Black Out the Sun, and Last Psalm to Silence are excellent headphone experiences too.

It's light prog and really a great album and a gem of a band that's worth checking out. I can't believe that this band is comprised of just three musicians (and they're young too!).

I'm looking forward to what they have coming up. 4 solid stars.

Timdano | 4/5 |

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