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|4.0 excellent||patrickfannon | June 30th 11|
At age 28, Bill Holt dropped out of society, quit his job, and secluded himself in a basement for a over a year. What emerged from his time underground is the record Dreamies. Written as a both a response and homage to The Beatles' "Revolution Number 9", Dreamies builds ominously atop a slowly, deliberately strummed four chord progression, as soundclips from the likes of JFK are gradually woven in, and twitchy, sinister synth flourishes added. Composed of two tracks, "Program Ten" and "Program Eleven," the record plays well only as a whole. It is a true album, intended to be heard in one sitting. Holt re-released a newly remasterd version of Dreamies in 2006, with the two songs seperated masterfully into two suites comprised of six and seven tracks respectively. Listening to Dreamies is meant to be a fully immersive aural experience, and, in all likelihood, designed to be heard in an altered state of consciousness. I love this album; it exudes an eerie quality that lends itself to feeling like an artificact of some lost civilization. Take the plunge if you dare.
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