As "Memory" begins, we're treated to a really organic rock feel, swinging -- almost crooning guitar riffs, with the easy vocals of the lead singer coming in. This first song on Copperdown's In Dreams certainly firmly establishes the atmospheric, sophisticated rock sound they claim to have. The nice smooth transitions from verse to hook, display a pretty wicked guitar solo during the bridge.
Then we're immediately struck with the funk-influenced "Floating By" and the production on this song is not only catchy but also very well done. It's layered with wah-wah guitar, giving more texture to the song; it's a great chord progression - this is a pretty sweet jam right here.
An unexpected gem, so early in the album, gave me high hopes. The song, and the one before it, also feature some very nice lyrics, "Nothing stands in isolation / You pull on me; I pull on you / But a subtle lapse in communication / Wrecks the rendezvous" feels like two passengers in a train zipping past each other; two lovers who just can't reach other.
"Mourning Dove" begins with solid percussion and a guitar riff that has some serious attitude. The vocals remain soft and never seem out of place with this soundscape. He sings "You could shine like all the stars of heaven / Tell me why you only feel the rain." The instrumentation in this joint is fantastic.
Things begin to quiet down with "Light of Day," which is a much more somber track. The production is stripped down but with the vocals and lyrics the song still feels like a natural extension with what came before it. We're treated to a lot of different sounds and grooves on In Dreams.
"Dust" is a pretty airy, classically melodic song about love, with songs like "Time Away" bringing us back to that cool, jamming guitar-play. And with its closing song "In Dreams" Copperdown leaves you wanting more, feeling like you gotta go back to the beginning and take this all in again. Which of course I did.
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