Cream Dream is a recently formed band comprised of Max Hoffman (vocals/guitar), Daniel Richardson (drums) and Garen Dorsey (bass). Even though the band hasn’t been around for a long time they already released a self-titled six-song EP, which showcases the band's sound.
The majority of the songs contain jangly, clean guitars, soft-spoken lyrics and a rhythm section that holds down the fort. Their music is certifiably indie rock and falls in line with a band like Real Estate.
The band gets going with “dream.” It moves slowly at first with barely any energy and feels as if the band is warming up in a state of inertia. A little after a minute the band takes the energy up a couple of notches. Hoffman starts to sing but because of the demo-like production it's hard to make out the lyrics. The backing vocal harmonies are effective but also felt as if the song needed a distinguishing change, which never came.
“Snowman” may have been a better opening track because the band doesn't waste any time getting the listener into a catchy groove. Along with Real Estate you can hear influences from plenty of other indie rock bands like Pavement and Broken Social Scene.
The band continues with a similar vibe on “free at last” which is arguably the highlight. I thought the vocals were mixed and delivered better than on the previous songs. In addition to that the song is pretty catchy. After a brief instrumental piece entitled “breakfast with the sun god” the band goes into the impressive “kill me” and atmospheric closer “show.”
For how little as the band has been together I was impressed with what I heard. That being said the production will be something they will want to focus on with their next recording while still carving out a unique, niche sound. I’d say Cream Dream is a case of wait and see and one band to keep your eye on.
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