Album Review

Dreamsalon – “Dreamsalon” – [Skrot Up]

Thurston Hunger   4/16/2014   A Library, Cassette

Seattle trio (we’ve got Evening Meetings which was an
earlier incarnation with an additional guitarist). Actually
these guys have frequently infiltrated KFJC with bands
like A Frames, the Intelligence, Factums, Love Tan,
Le Sang Song and Yves/Son/Ace. The album has a dizzy,
sweaty kinda New Zealand (Plagal?) grind to it. Guitarist
Craig Chambers and drummer Matthew Ford share vocals
(nicely on the somewhat peppy and echoplexy “In The Air”)
About half of the tracks here were re-recorded/tidied up for
the bands 12″ on Captcha (this is often the Skrot Up way,
get their first and then watch vinyl arise). The recordings
here are more raw, sounding like they were recorded live
in an empty bar except for Skeeter passed out over
on the pool table. Min Yee provides an insistent bass,
some secret agent moves. Chambers’ guitar work, even in
the underground muddy-fi shines through as snaky, rattling
and catchy in non-obvious ways. Really good, and Ford’s
got that kinda of tribal, no wave tom-filled drumming.

-Thurston Hunger

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