Posts Tagged ‘Peel Dream Magazine’

Peel Dream Magazine – “Clean Water (live)”

Just catching this one today and its a real nice live treat from Peel Dream Magazine. The band was pretty busy over the last year, with an album on Slumberland and an digital EP, Moral Panics, that’s just now seeing light on vinyl. That EP closes with a demo of a track called “Clean Water,” which is fuzzy in a lovely sort of way but this nice acoustic version really does the track justice from a performance on Baby TV. While the band is usually mining some shoegaze territory, here the song casts them in a bit of a jangle pop territory, bringing down the lights and letting a little tender sigh out to close sets. The physical version of the EP boasts a couple of bonus cuts that didn’t make it out earlier, so only more reason to pick that one up where you can.

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Peel Dream Magazine

The narcotic pulse of Peel Dream Magazine envelops all on their second album for indie pop powerhouse Slumberland. The album drips further into the shoegaze showcase than most of the label’s fare but the band lets its roots creep out much further than the overarching banner of the genre might otherwise imply. With a heavy dose of Stereolab, Spectrum, and Seefeel built into their DNA, the group mixes propulsion with haze for a sound that’s beset with vertigo, but pulled from the whirlpool with a knotted rope of rhythm. Songs lock into circular structures that become dizzying as they unfurl, but ultimately delightful in their barrage of muted colors and dancing lights. Like carnival rides narcotized beyond recognition, the band’s sound is permanently protracted through a fisheye lens of ‘90s nostalgia. Its draped in oversaturated tones and the faint smell of dry ice creeping in from the corners of the mind, but all of the pieces lock together with a satisfyingly soft snap.

They took the rhythmic rites from Krautrock, as passed down through generations of bands bleaching out the original brittleness. They pad the sound further with pillowy, woolen riffs that run the guitars and organ through a dozen mazes of wires before they blanket the listener like a weighted quilt that eases the tension of daily — a pair of arms always ready to receive woes, qualms, and tears alike. The album is comfort food for a certain strain of listener that’s been traversing the haze their whole lives in search of permanent limbo — locking away pain, anxiety, and creeping dread in a womb of rippling mauve haze. The band’s debut had a lot of the same pieces working for it, but it left me wanting more. They’ve found the missing pieces on this one, though and its clear that from here on out they’re looking to steady the balance of comfortable cool and memorable hooks.




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Peel Dream Magazine – “Up and Up”

I’d been into Peel Dream Magazine’s debut, though it always seemed like the prelude to something – a faded photo of what they wanted to be in another time. With a new LP on the way, the band gives a preview of what that might be with an EP for Tough Love Records. Chasing the tail of Stereolab through the labyrinth of soft-focus psychedelia, “Up and Up” is a hazed strummer laced with melancholic keys and a faraway look in its eyes. The song swoons until it gets lost in the clouds, dissolving into the shimmer off of the water vapor world it occupies until the band becomes one with the glimmer. High hopes on what’s next with the introduction of this track. The EP lands at Tough Love on November 29th with promises of more to come from the label and band on the horizons.




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