Dream Architecture is a progressive, ambient influenced band based out of Melbourne, Australia. They are signed to Antwerp Records, and since have released their debut, eponymous EP which combines elements of psychedelia, progressive and alternative rock, ambience, and the occasional hard rock. The music explores introspective and personal themes themes as well as universal elements that could potentially be internalized by a larger group of people.
This beautiful sounding self-titled EP Dream Architecture was recorded, mixed and mastered in a multitude of places, and as such features some very professional sounding production. Actually, the first thing I noticed about Dream Architecture is how pretty it sounds. The opening track, aptly titled “Textures” is an ambient piece, loaded with reverbs and delays that complement a very dramatic sounding vocal track, giving it the space that it needs to distinguish itself from the wall of sound it’s interacting with. The orchestral sounding synth patch toward the end further added to the dramatic nature of the song, as well as the constantly crescendoing dynamics of the instrumentation.
Something I appreciate about the EP is how cohesive it is. By this I mean that all of the songs flow into each other very well, both thematically and sonically. I would say this is yet another testament to the exceptional production of the EP, and it tells me that the band had a very interactive role with the producers and engineers in regards to the production of the album in addition to their songwriting.
My biggest complaint regarding the release would be how consistently dramatic the EP is. I felt that all 24 minutes were pretty emotionally tolling. This isn’t a bad thing, per se, but I feel that the band could potentially add some contrast to their music so the more dramatic tracks and moments distinguish themselves and hit harder.
As far as the music goes, I feel that the songwriting is strong, the instrumentation is solid and the playing feels natural. I also respect the decision by the band to add so many sounds and instruments to their music. I would say my biggest compliment to the band themselves in regards to the EP is how many different sounds they utilize. Whether it be effects or the instruments themselves, I found that there was a lot of sonic variety in the music. I also enjoyed the movements of the music, as nothing seemed predictable or obvious, but rather unexpected and familiar. The ability to move in odd directions yet sound natural doing so is a unique ability, and it was fun to hear Dream Architecture do it so well.
Overall, I would say this is a very solid release. I would, however, like to see more variety in terms of mood and aura from Dream Architecture in the future. On the positive side, they are aware of their strengths and have a definitive direction and scope they want to pursue, which makes the songwriting process a lot easier. I hope Dream Architecture continues the ambitious path they have set themselves on, as I feel that they have the musical potential to do a lot of things that other bands can’t.
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