A SHORELINE DREAM
I love me some shoegazey rock/metal. Les Discrets, Violet Cold, and, of course, Alcest are all regular go-tos for a shimmery fix of dreamy metallic angst. A Shoreline Dream, then, ought to be right up my alley. All the ingredients are there; drawn-out vocals, songs washed in reverb, melodic clean guitar lines. The production, however, seems a little claustrophobic to be truly relaxing. It's possible to pick each instrument out in the mix, but there's a distinct muddy quality to it that evokes the late-eighties. Perhaps it's deliberate, but it certainly makes for a slightly less easy listen.
Musically, there are cues from such luminaries as The Smiths, early-Suede, The Cure, and Joy Division piling on top of each other for an indie love-in. And, while the review so far would lead you to believe that I'm not particularly taken with this EP, I still find it, curiously, incredibly compelling listening. Some of that may be attributed to the last pair of songs, ‘New York’ and ‘Projections’. The writing on these two is on another level entirely from the opening three; I found ‘Barnum’ - track three - to be quite forgettable. There is a sense of prog rock filtering through here, and the writing and playing seems eminently confident.
It's easy to get lost in the shuffle with this loose genre of music; there are so many bands doing this very well indeed. A Shoreline Dream are very capable musicians, and the songs here are generally very lovely and listenable. However, it's going to take something quite extraordinary from them in future to separate them from the pack.
Review by Steve Cowan
6th July 2018
2) In the Ready Sound
4) New York
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"...it's going to take something quite extraordinary from them in future to separate them from the pack."