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[ Daemonia Nymphe - Psychostasia ]
[ Daemonia Nymphe - Le Nuit Des Fees - DVD ]
[ Daemonia Nymphe - Krataia Asterope ]
[ Dargaard - Rise and Fall ]
[ Dark Orange - Horizont ]
[ Dark Sanctuary - Thoughts: 9 years in the sanctuary ]
[ Dark Sanctuary - L'être las - L'envers du miroir ]
[ Dark Souls Day - X-Lives ]
[ Dawn Desiree' - Dancing, Dreaming, Longing... ]
[ Dead When I Found Her - Rag Doll Blues ]
[ Dead Can Dance - Anastasis ]
[ Decoded Feedback - disKonnekt ]
[ Decoded Feedback - Aftermath ]
[ Decoded Feedback - Combustion ]
[ Decoded Feedback - Shockwave ]
[ Deep Red - Relics of Desire ]
[ Deep Red - Chimera ]
[ Deep Red - DarkwaterS ]
[ Degrees - Dream On Dreamy ]
[ Dein Schatten - Das Ewige Eis ]
[ Deine Lakaien - On Film - A Video History (DVD) ]
[ Deine Lakaien - White Lies ]
[ Deleyaman - Fourth - Part One ]
[ Der Blaue Reiter - Nuclear Sun ]
[ Der Blaue Reiter - Silencis ]
[ Der Blaue Reiter - Le Paradise Funebre... ]
[ Destroid - Silent World EP ]
[ Destroid - Loudspeaker ]
[ De/Vision - Popgefahr ]
[ De/Vision - NOOB ]
[ De/Vision - Subkutan ]
[ Diary of Dreams - Ego:X ]
[ Diary of Dreams - (if) ]
[ Diary of Dreams - Nekrolog 43 ]
[ Diary of Dreams - Menschfeind ]
[ Diary of Dreams - Nigredo ]
[ Diary of Dreams - Panik Manifesto ]
[ Diary of Dreams - Freak Perfume ]
[ DieMazz - In Shatter'd Innocence ]
[ Dies Natalis - Tristan ]
[ Dies Natalis - Abyss ]
[ Diorama - The Art of Creating Confusing Spirits ]
[ Distorted Reality - Daydreams and Nightmares ]
[ Distorted Reality - The Fine Line Between Love And Hate ]
[ Domiana - The Sacred Heart ]
[ Dominion³ - Life Has Ended Here ]
[ Doppelganger - Dancing ]
[ Dreamchild - Lullabies For The Dead ]
[ Dreamchild - La Fee Verte ]
[ Dreamgaze - Sound Colour ]
[ Dreamself - Part 1, The End ]
[ Dreamside, The - The 13th Chapter ]
[ Dreamside, The - Pale Blue Lights & Nuda Veritas ]
[ Dreamside, The - Spin Moon Magic ]
[ Dreamside, The - Open Your Eyes ]
[ Dreamside, The - Faery Child ]
[ Droom - 10 Songs ]
[ Droom - 128 1/2 Days ]
[ Droom - Blood Culture ]
[ Droom - Stay! ]
[ Droom - While We Can ]
[ Drunk With Joy - Sound Living ]
[ Dyonisis - Intoxicated ]
[ Dyonisis - Dyonisis ]
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[ Edge Of Dawn - Whatever Gets You Through The Night ]
[ Edge Of Dawn - Enjoy The Fall ]
[ Ego Likeness - Breedless ]
[ Ego Likeness - Order of the Reptile ]
[ Ego Likeness - Water To The Dead ]
[ Ego Likeness - Dragonfly ]
[ Eisbrecher - Antikorper ]
[ Eisbrecher - Leider / Virgissmeinnicht ]
[ Eisbrecher - Eisbrecher ]
[ Elane - The Fire of Glenvore ]
[ The Empire Hideous - Body of Work ]
[ Emplosia - Emplosia ]
[ Empty - Open Aeon ]
[ Endanger - Addicted to the Masses ]
[ Engelsstaub - Nachtwa¨rts ]
[ Engelsstaub - Akashic Recordings ]
[ Estampie - Best Of Estampie (1986 - 2006) ]
[ Estampie - Signum ]
[ Eternal Fall, The - Emptiness Vol. 1 & 2 ]
[ Every Silver Lining Has A Cloud - Self-Titled ]
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[ Fair Sex, The - Thin Walls - Part II ]
[ Fair Sex, The - The Dark Ages ]
[ Faith and Disease - Passport to Kinmig ]
[ Faith and the Muse - :ankokuh butoh: ]
[ Faith and the Muse - The Burning Season ]
[ The Fallacy - Love Division ]
[ Falling You - Adore ]
[ Falling You - Faith ]
[ Falling You - Human ]
[ Falling You - Touch ]
[ Faun - Renaissance ]
[ Fayrierie - Michelia Campaka ]
[ Feeding Fingers - Detach Me From My Head ]
[ Feeding Fingers - Baby Teeth ]
[ Feindflug - Volk Und Armee... ]
[ Fektion Fekler - Into The Sun ]
[ Fiction 8 - Forever, Neverafter ]
[ Final Selection - Meridian ]
[ Final Selection - AntiHero ]
[ Flesh Field - Strain ]
[ Foreign Resort, The - Scattered & Buried ]
[ Foreign Resort, The - The Foreign Resort ]
[ Foreign Resort, The - Offshore ]
[ Friends of Alice Ivy - In The Gloaming ]
[ Friends of Alice Ivy - Hereafter Moth ]
[ FrightDoll - Reference Version ]
[ Frozen Plasma - Monumentum ]
[ Frozen Plasma - Artificial ]
[ Funker Vogt - Blutzoll ]
[ Funker Vogt - Aviator ]
[ Funker Vogt - Navigator ]
Dream on Dreamy - Review

This band got their start just a few years ago as the duo Mikael Jacobson and Rickard Folke. img They've had their challenges putting this album together including a loss of recordings and data. They started from scratch and managed to finally pull it all together with this album spanning nine captivating tracks with a great mix of new wave and shoegaze styles.

This band really came out of nowhere for me, it's a great new discovery as a long-time fan of various flavors of new wave and shoegaze bands throughout the 80's and 90's and always on the lookout for great new talent like this. I first previewed their video of "Idiot Dreaming" which the audio track appears on this album just over halfway through. This track captured my attention with it's orchestral-like flavor of seemingly layers upon layers of soaring guitars and keyboards over driving percussion and a heavy bass. The vocal style immediately reminded me of The Stone Roses and the music in some ways with The Jesus and Mary Chain, Slowdive and more contemporary artists that readers will be familiar with here like Mira and Autumn's Grey Solace with that dreamy, ethereal shoegaze sound.

The entire album comes together well across these nine pieces. "The Great Big Void" kicks it off with a short intro and quickly building up with a nice driving beat and those soaring guitars and synths. Each piece follows something of the standard pattern that most shoegaze bands follow, starting out somewhat somber and minimal and gradually adding layer upon layer of intensity, building to a climax and then dropping off, while maybe not as pronounced as some bands we've featured and reviewed in the past, that overall style still seems prominent. The vocals add a certain element of angst and heavy emotion to each track as well, allowing the music to carry it direct to the listener's soul, driven home by the intense mix of guitars, keys and percussions, building up and dropping off and then doing it all over again.

All of the tracks do a great job portraying the heavy emotion of the lyrics, but there are a few favorites that stand out as with about any album. "Oakland Mountain High" gets the adrenaline rushing as the empathetic emotions start to kick in as everyone can relate with the longing for a long-lost favorite place as a youth, or favorite place to visit as we get older, maybe one that gets us away from the daily grind. "Boys of Distortion" is something of an anthem for shoegaze fans and a bit later we have "At Least Rock & Roll Won't Leave a Hole In My Back" which much like the title implies, is a great anthem for a love of rock and roll in all it's many forms. This latter piece really brings out the keyboards for a solid new wave sound, which is a great mix with the tenor-like soft male vocals. After building gradually to a breath-taking climax, they set the pace for the next few pieces which are definite favorites from this album. "Idiot Dreaming" as previously mentioned is driving and upbeat and reaches a great climax and is in many ways a climax for the album before dropping off to the somber, ethereal piece "A New Dawn Fades, A New Dawn Waits". This is another favorite mostly just for it's dreamy, ethereal elements letting the listener drift off... the addition of the samples from The Outsiders movie is a nice touch as well. This fades directly into "Roads Again" which is a highlight and climax for the album for me. The driving beats are dance-friendly while the layers of guitars and keyboards really make for a powerful anthem, hard to describe, but the emotions, the cold-chills all come rushing in as the music builds and builds to a powerful crescendo. This would seem to be a perfect finale to the album, but they do even better by presenting the somber, dreamy piece, appropriately given the title of the album "Dream on Dreamy". With that title, there really isn't anything more that needs to be said.

There you have it, another great album that will fit perfectly with any new wave or shoegaze fan's collection, coming together nearly perfectly across the full 53 minutes of excellent music. Don't hesitate to pick up this album, we have here a really great work that people should really appreciate.

Rating: 4.5/5



Website: www.dgrs.se
Label: AF Music

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