Dream On Reviews:
People who regularly read Lostmusic will know that a while back Lostmusic Recordings released a couple of 'home made' EPs for download only from Celestial. Many of these songs appear here. But they're not the same songs, really, these have been re-recorded and re-invigorated. The potential on those early download EPs has been harnassed and improved. There is a richness to the guitar sound, that was previously missing. The drums are sharper. The whole LP sounds more rounded. Finished. 'Nothing Happens; Twice' has been reborn - sounding less twee now - it's become a wonderfully pounding beast of an indiepop song.
For those not familiar with Celestial's sound - I'll start with the basics - Celestial make a sparkling guitar pop sound. It's roots are firmly planted in the early days of Creation records and Sarah Records. Back in the days when a 7" record was something to be cherished and pop music was a thing of beauty. Celestial understand the classic pop song. They also understand how a record should look. And more importantly sound. The guitars on 'Dream on' positively glisten. The songs themselves are instantly memorable. 'The Boy Who Never Says Goodbye' with it's 60s girl group drums and plaintive vocals is an early highlight. The whole LP has a soulful feel. The band it most reminds me of is probably The Loft. But that comparison doesn't fully capture the way playing 'Dream On' makes me feel. This record sounds wonderful. It really does. I am not talking about individual songs here - it's the overall feel of the recording.
People may be surprised to find a song called 'Pale Blue Eyes' on the LP. It's not a cover of the Velvets classic. This is beautiful little song with guest female vocals from Malin Dahlberg (from We are soldiers we have guns) - sounding a little like a heavenly mixture of Tracey-Anne Campbell (Camera Obscura) and Amy Linton (The Aislers Set). It's a another great song. This is an LP stuffed to the gills with great songs, great sounding songs. As I already mentioned, 2007, is proving to be a vintage year for records. You can add 'Dream On' by Celestial to the pile of really good records already released this year.
Mira El Péndulo
Friends of the Heroes
Saving My Presence is a reverb laden indie pop stomp, laced with crashing cymbals and subversive layers of overdriven guitars hidden deep down in the mix, it has echoes of My Bloody Valentine at their heart wrenching best and of the Jesus and Mary Chain when they discovered that songs could be tuneful as well as noisy. Its very C-86-ish and would sit well in a record collection built around the early days of Creation and Sarah Records, Bobby Wratten would kill for this.
In A Maze and Dream On are much more than filler, the former explodes in a six minute lo-fi collision of distort and chime and leaves you exhausted, whilst the latter is pure N.P.L. dancefloor jangle, chorus and melody exude a compassion and allure that might even get me flashing my corduroy flares around the Winchester Club, its irresistible and compelling and deserves to be on every indie kids retro walkman.
The Boy Who Never Says Goodbye lurks somewhere between the Velvet Underground and Leonard Cohen, desolate and desperate the hero yearns for simplicity, which is reflected perfectly in the soundtrack and echoed so naturally in the female vocals that accompany. The closing track Black Letter is again more melancholic in nature than Dream On but is in itself spectacular. The breathy vocals and incisive acoustic guitars shroud the whole song in a warm embrace and you just know, that tomorrow, everythings going to be alright.
This E.P. was recorded at Orebro University during a three (late) night recording session in the spring of 2005, the songs had never been rehearsed, Andreas had written them, and wanted Christoffer to drum on them, Andreas played and Christoffer improvised, and through the dark, cold, long Scandinavian night they produced an epic work of beauty, sometime it just happens like that.