Barry Myers is singer writer/musician from Florida who recently released his second album entitled Starseeds and Dreamcatchers. Upon listening to his album it feels like it’s a bit misplaced in time. It doesn’t sound anything like Pitchfork and hipster approved music. Myers influences are overt and stem from the ‘70s and ‘80s.
The most noticeable influence is from Pink Floyd and is apparent in the lead guitar tone and style in which Myers plays on the album. However, it’s not only the lead guitar that reminded me of Pink Floyd; it also has to do with his lyrics, use of reverb and the overall larger than life approach to the music.
Take for instance one of the highlights on the album the track titled “Starseeds and Dreamcatchers.” The song starts with some engaging acoustic guitar picking before it takes off into a cosmological ether of rock. He sings, “Are we just survivors of an ancient memory” and “Are we still searching for the value of the truth.” These types of existential questions about purpose and meaning become ubiquitous throughout the album. Luckily, Myers has enough talent as a songwriter that he can produce catchy hooks that can get stuck in your head while you are gazing into your navel pondering the existence of life.
Myers does a good job at mixing things up throughout the album. “Dreamcatcher” is a slow moving but percussive heavy song while “Day and Numbers” is catchy, hopeful sounding track that has some of the most infectious vocals on the album.
One of the highlights was “Angels and Elvis,” which is a fairly earth based rock song that doesn’t sound as cosmically inclined as the other songs. It actually reminded me of Peter Gabriel at points. There was impressive synth work towards the end and it added some emotional layers to the song. The other highlights on the album were “One Light” and the serene closer “I Am.”
After I listened to the album I did a bit of research to find out more about it and was surprised to discover that Starseeds and Dreamcatchers is actually a concept album about the Mayan calendar/end of world scenario. To be honest it was not something I caught during my initial playing of the album because the grandiose lyrics about stardust, planets and love are so broad.
Starseeds and Dreamcatchers is a solid effort. If you like a surplus of reverb laced guitar solos and go to bed every night wishing Pink Floyd had another album coming, I suggest you give this a moment of your time.
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