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Secret Colours — Dream Dream (July 7th, 2017) ★↔★ With Dream Dream Secret Colours continues to craft a sound that reaches far beyond the city limits of their hometown of Chicago, IL. After heading back to Dripping Springs, TX and recording their fourth full length LP at Dandy Sounds Studios with engineer/producer Dan Duzsynski, Dream Dream relishes on the current level of the demand on society to rely on their screens, devices, and multi~media influence. Dream Dream takes its musical cues from indie, pop, psychedelia, and garage rock, captivating listeners through a myriad of melodies that make up Secret Colours signature sound. Songs like “Changes in Nature” and “Pins and Needles” are homages to their influences while “Feed the Machine” delivers a pounding vibe of bass with an attitude of 70’s London. Secret Colours are eager to support the release of Dream Dream and continue to expand their ever evolving sound.”
★↔★ If you didn’t know these guys were from Chicago, you’d assume they’re a bunch of Brits, with their insanely Britpop~ influenced sound but the Windy City exports manage to capture the soul of the UK in the late ‘90s and mix in a good amount of Psychedelia for a sound all their own. Ample amounts of fuzz and pop combine to sound something like if The Stone Roses and The Black Angels decided to mate.
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Album release: July 7th, 2017
Recorded: at Dandy Sounds Studios with engineer/producer Dan Duzsynski.
Genre: Indie Rock, Shoegaze, psychedelia, garage rock
Record Label: Secret Colours Music LLC
01. Another World 3:39
02. Dream Dream 3:40
03. Pins and Needles 2:59
04. Hold Me Up 2:30
05. Places I’m Going 3:34
06. Interlude 1:42
07. Feed the Machine 3:44
08. Changes In Nature 3:39
09. Boom Boom 3:13
10. Save Me 2:49
11. Habitual Ritual 2:51
12. Carry On 3:08
℗ 2017 Secret Colours
√ Tommy Evans, Mike Novak, Max Brink, and Matt Yeates.
★↔★ Unveilings seeks to guide you through the best new releases in music; hand~plucked strings and emotion~driven lyrics make these songs soar high above the ever~expanding music libraries.
BY CHRISTINE COSTELLO. JULY 6, 2017 // Rating: 8.3
★↔★ We live in a world, constantly try and change it. All that we do, is make it harder to remain in. Another world, created for distraction. We move about, with digital reaction.” A powerful introduction to a truly brilliant album that aims to analyse the growing human dependence on technology. An issue that is frequently addressed in modern popular culture, and yet Chicago four~piece Secret Colours have sought and succeeded in showcasing the dilemma in a whole new light. Today, Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering Dream Dream, the fourth full~length album from Chicago indie quartet Secret Colours.
★↔★ Throughout the album, Secret Colours explore the dreamlike aspects of life’s most abstract experiences, such as love and fear which inspire tracks like “Dream Dream” and “Hold Me Up.” Building on these universal mysteries, Secret Colours seek to define the ever-growing relationship between human emotion and the false sense of comfort we seek in technology, or the digital distraction.
★↔★ Dream Dream pulls listeners through the decades with its infinite catalogue of influences, ranging from seventies psychedelia to nineties Brit~pop. “Another World” eases us into the twelve~track album with its smooth, ambient indie~pop vibes and haunting vocals. The opening track, as quoted above, sets the theme, serving as an exposition track for Dream Dream. From this, Secret Colours manage a fluid transition into the depths of a more funk~based rock track with title track, “Dream Dream.” This track is, without a doubt, one of the many high points in Dream Dream. The jarring, iconic opening riff of “Dream Dream” alone is a force to be reckoned with and introduces the first of many sub-themes: Love.
★↔★ Dream dream her dream... Falling in love in her sleep...
★↔★ Following this lament, the fast~paced “Hold Me Up” bursts to life with an infectious rush of guitars and Brink’s deafening bass; a musical representation of fear. Ironically, the track with the primary theme of fear marks the point in the album where Secret Colours begin to veer from their initial ominous tones and sinister vocals. Aside from Yeates’ upbeat percussion and the overall exciting nature of the song, the songwriting itself has switched to a more humorous approach.
★↔★ There’s something there... that shouldn’t be there... underneath the stairs. ... Should’ve listened to Grandma,... she knows what’s best.
★↔★ “Places I’m Going” draws back into the dreamlike aura of the introductory tracks. Secret Colours’ varying sounds seem to measure each track’s tie to reality. “Hold Me Up” and “Dream Dream” lie on the more aggressive side of sound, anchoring them to reality. Meanwhile, “Places I’m Going” returns to the ambient arrangements of the opening track, “Another World,” reflecting on themes of the unnatural and undefinable. Dream Dream experiments with the relationship between sound and subject, a venture that can only be achieved through Secret Colours’ adamant refusal to assign themselves to just one genre.
★↔★ “Feed the Machine” is the halfway mark for Dream Dream, and all attention is focused once again on the primary theme of the album; technology and us. While the previous five tracks set out to portray the varying degrees of human emotion, “Feed The Machine” paints a striking image of technology’s invasion of the mind and condemns it.
★↔★ Now there’s something else growing inside us. ... The invasion is now, from creations in us. ... Adaptation of dreams. ... Now we feed the machine.
★↔★ From this point on, the album has taken an unabashed turn from the highs of human emotion to the inevitable depths as ‘Boom Boom’ unveils a well!concealed anguish that can be found in the minds of most. Once again, Secret Colours reveal layer upon layer of keen observation in their songwriting, proving their musical talent lies both in the lyrical and production side of things. One of the most notable and intriguing lines of the entire album features in “Boom Boom,” a fascinating metaphor for a troubled mind:
★↔★ Yes, you hide it well. ... I know what it’s like to swim ... just to drown, to drown, ... to drown, to drown. ...
★↔★ The two final tracks before the finishing “Interlude,” “Habitual Ritual” and “Carry On” establish a sense of defeat, but far from surrender. Shouts of anarchy, ‘I just wanna be myself’ run alongside feverish guitars from Novak in Secret Colours’ final stance against conformity. “Habitual Ritual” marks the final act of condemning technology and its suffocating influence on humanity. As for “Carry On.” we’re taken down a more peaceful and accepting route towards conclusion. Despite the finishing interlude, “Carry On”is the essence of a satisfying ending to Dream Dream.
★↔★ As Evans croons to the bitter end, “All I can say is carry on,” Secret Colours leave the final judgement to their listeners. Dream Dream is merely a statement of the facts and analyses drawn from Secret Colours’ experiences. They neither force the listener to accept their opinion, nor do they lead us to completely dismiss it either. Dream Dream puts the evidence on display; after that, you’re on your own. ★↔★ http://atwoodmagazine.com/
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