Fuzz Dog’s A Poisonous Dream is just that, both dirty and dreamy. Heavy humdrum heartbeats fueled by swanky deep funk revival-like bass lines create a powerful synopsis. The backbone of drum and bass is showered with skinny effortless high screeched guitar riffs.
Pumped with plentiful transcendental musical moments bringing that dreamscape feeling into fruition. However, this album doesn't spend much time dancing in space and is more so deeply rooted in reality. Its struggles are felt with its core hitting power rhythms.
Take for example the opener “This Cage.” The lead singer Niklas Jennvik sings, “How can I enjoy living in this cage” as the instrumentation feels intense and heavy. The song is packed with a couple of notable guitar solos. On “In A Tree” Jennvik sings about an existential dilemma that he is trying to escape from. Vulnerabilities are confessed with lyrics like, "I don’t want to live like this forever."
Fuzz Dog lives up to their name on “Nowhere To Be Found.” The lyrics are borderline suicidal on this track and don’t offer much hope. As the song progresses the music becomes more intense. The album centerpiece goes to “Firestorm.” The song is seven-plus minutes long and rocks out pretty hard. They sound good and pissed off on this song which is always a good reaction when faced with self-hatred.
A Poisonous Dream is industrial yet has a softness that droops. It feels like a melting candle in a vintage dank velveteen room. At times I get a Portishead vibe, with that sexy sultry bass line. They definitely have a unique sounding vocalist who hits like a dose of audio morphine, and super skilled guitar riffs, which are often powerful and seldom beautiful. A Poisonous Dream is an album for a rainy reflective day but also works quite well if you feel like rocking out.
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