Review Summary: another pop wonder from the suburbs
Weird Dreams are an english group, and another in a recent wave of acts that seem obsessed with the subject matter of the suburbs. As we all know, boring places harbor great talent, and it seems like the suburbs worldwide are the new Scandinavia [no offense to scandinavians]. Except whereas we’re used to suburban bands trading in escapist fantasies, nowadays the strife for authenticity has led them to dwelling on their surroundings, plucking the beautiful out of the mundane. Real Estate come to mind when hearing Weird Dreams’ debut record Choreography, but also the more punchy and ‘british’ Smith Westerns.
Choreography is overflowing with hooks, but at the same time a certain detachment courses through it - notably on lead single Holding Nails. More earnest and playful moments are revelatory as a result, and in the end you get a picture of a band that can pull off just about any personality in a convincing manner, without sounding like jacks of all trades.
Weird Dreams can sound as egregious as the Beatles one moment and as dark and undecipherable as Deerhunter the next, and I can’t wait to see what path they will be taking next time around.
Someone give them a major label deal already!
Just kidding, that would be horrible.