TOKiMONSTA
Creature Dreams


5.0
classic

Review

by Kevin Kurber USER (54 Reviews)
September 19th, 2012 | 16 replies | 2,028 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: restless minds go to sleep with the most vivid dreams

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

You know what my favorite hours of the day are? The smallest ones; those itty-bitty newborn hours crawling around in the void of darkness, personifying the birth of a new day; the earliest and the latest times of the day. Who cares? You don’t. But I’m convinced TOKiMONSTA’s Creature Dreams EP does. Before I tell you why this record gets a pristine five out of five stars, you should know that this Los Angeles native girl knows how to evoke the peaceful tranquility of the nighttime like no one else. Her vibes are sensational, and she seems to be able to change your mood differently with each and every song she puts out. With her debut full-length album Midnight Menu, she shows incredible versatility with a highly dynamic collection of songs made up of sugar, spice and hip-hop delights, that could transform and blossom completely within the songs’ duration. She’s vibrant and full of life, and at the same time subdued and collected, much like her fellow Brainfeeder labelmate Teebs, and has a deliciously artsy imagination.

Creature Dreams may be only 7 tracks long, but it packs more competent ideas and consistency than Midnight Menu did in twice that length. Nothing here aims for “weird” appeal; it is simply Jennifer Lee’s most tasteful and atmospheric work yet. To say she can paint a picture would be an understatement: no, her music here is mood-food to be savored and regurgitated for hours on end, playing and playing in your head to that deep thought you were thinking in bed or burning away your evening like a smoky, subdued candlewick. When “Fallen Arches” takes you by hand, you’re sitting before a polished, reflective bar counter where you gaze at the travesty of the light fixtures and drift off into a content daze, where “Little Pleasures” manifests in your mind. As seems to be the motif here, restless minds go to sleep with the most vivid dreams, choreographed by “Bright Shadows” and “Moving Forward”, and then indulged into by “Darkest (Dim)”, where serenity and content converge into one entity. All of Creature Dreams’ tracks put Lee’s vibes to perfect use by trimming out the nonsense and letting ideas flow peacefully and freely like only vast darkness and cool winds could induce.



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WashboardSuds
September 18th 2012



4889 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"Fallen Arches" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0NUKvet-s0

"Little Pleasures" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8xHYGLiDnY&feature=related

"Bright Shadows" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEJroHOX4Xw

one of my favorite albums

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 18th 2012



30320 Comments


I read this and got high

EP is awesome, but I personally could never give it a 5

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WashboardSuds
September 18th 2012



4889 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

glad you liked (?) the review dev

I really love this album, its my favorite late night album next to Loveless

Rev
September 18th 2012



9301 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hells yeah kev


good stuff

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
September 18th 2012



23671 Comments


Good review. Gon dl cause Midnight Menu was massive.

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WashboardSuds
September 19th 2012



4889 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah I love MM too


nice rating btw Dylan

Rev
September 19th 2012



9301 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I bought MM on vinyl like a month ago I really really need this

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2012



9522 Comments


This sounds amazing. Review is stellar as well.

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Ethics
November 5th 2012



4112 Comments


this review is spot on

FadedSun
March 15th 2013



1152 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Got this immediately after reading this review. LOVE IT.

osmark86
May 30th 2013



3031 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

checked this out by recommendation. it's hella good, but I couldn't give it a 5.

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Rev
May 30th 2013



9301 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

summertime is the best time for this

FadedSun
May 30th 2013



1152 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Little pleasures.

WashboardSuds
December 10th 2013



4889 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

oh how I love this album

FadedSun
December 10th 2013



1152 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't think she's been able to top this since.

WashboardSuds
December 10th 2013



4889 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

don't forget to go grab Cupidity if you don't have the Japanese release, that's a fucking essential beat



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