I’m a musician myself and often find that my creativity comes in bursts. Over the years I've had countless conversations with musicians who write in a similar way. My guess is Peter Lawson has had one of those bursts during lockdown. His output has been prolific and one of his most recent is EPIC DREAM.
This is his fourth album and it contains eight songs. If you are familiar with his other albums this shouldn’t be a stretch for you. The album gets going with “Take the Blame” which is a fairly straightforward song although the reverb and perhaps phaser effect envelopes the song and gives it a dream-like quality. I’m not sure I mentioned Kurt Vile before but the vocals have similarities.
“Some Dreams” was a highlight for me. The drums are more beefy and I liked the pensive melancholy that mixes well with the psychedelic atmosphere. “Codeine” is one of the more epic songs in the batch. There are some notable crescendos. The vocals sounded different almost like it’s a different person which was interesting.
I’m beginning to see a pattern here with the names. “MORPHINE” is a highlight. It’s an extremely trippy sounding with delay effects that are on the verge of overwhelming to the point where you could get vertigo. Lawson utilizes some samples here effectively which are way in the background but add to the song. It’s an intense, sounding song. “Bitch” is the most grounded song and arguably the most accessible. “Mildly Insane” was more thematic than the previous songs and is a mix of ominous tones and traditional lead guitar.
“Epic Dream” was the catchiest song with vocals that are again in different aesthetics and quality with what sounds like vocal harmonies. He ends with “Last Flight” which feels like a soundscape of delay.
I do have one critique. Lawson is getting better as he continues to write but the delay and reverb effects are used consistently. As a producer myself I think scaling back on these effects on some of the songs would help differentiate them. Sometimes it feels like I’m getting lost in the music and not quite sure which end is up.
Overall, this is another strong release from Lawson and by the looks of his Bandcamp page is still making more music. Take a listen.
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