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November 3rd, 2010

Dreamend - So I Ate Myself, Bite By Bite

Album review written by Dan J Collacott

Shoegaze, folk and electronica are a recipe that over the years Ryan Graveface has become increasingly adept at serving up. The guitarist and bassist from psychedelic weavers of weird - Black Moth Super Rainbow, has this time taken his Chicago based side-project Dreamend into shiney post-rock and folk territory. There is still an electronic undercurrent underpinning the laid back sway of songs on 'So I Ate Myself, Bite By Bite,' as beats give way to multi-instrumental acoustic eclectica. The album is inspired by the ramblings of a serial-killer so is fairly high on concept but surprisingly low on the dark brewding madness you'd expect such subject matter to deliver.

Sounding similar in part to Explosions in the Sky and Sufjan Steven's, Dreamend somehow manage to make macabre material sound laid back and dreamy, with chirping crickets and references to nature giving the record an American country feel. Such fresh air is captured eloquently in the thoughtful twang of 'Magnesium Light' and the brilliant repetition of 'A Thought.' The lyrics are pretty diverse, covering off love of the sun and sky, to tales of freedom, washing blood from your hands and other murderous elements. All in all, the inspiration is secondary to the music as Graveface utilises his trusty banjo, acoustic guitar and xylophone to deliver an oddball, eclectic but good feeling folk album.

Listen to: Pink Cloud in the Woods

For fans of: Mono, Explosions in the Sky, The Microphones.

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