Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Cassette Review //
(Custom Made Music) //

When this cassette first starts the dreamy guitars come through in this big, distorted way which make me think that Reveries is some kind of combination of Local H and Spacehog.    As the songs go on though, it keeps with this dreamy/space feel but the distortion fades a bit and it isn't quite as big and heavy.   It's like The Beautiful Mistake without the parts which made that band on the verge of hardcore.   There are probably different influences people will pull from these songs depending upon your age, what you listen to exactly and how much of it you listen to, but I feel that much like The Sorry Shop or Rev Rev Rev, Reveries has a unique take on what is generalized as shoegaze.

Perhaps the most redeeming quality of these songs is not just the fact that they are exceptional as far as their genre goes, but that in many ways they break genres in the sense that they crossover from one era of music to the next.   You see, on one hand, this has that sound that I really would want to put with the 1980's/early 1990's sound from soundtracks such as "The Breakfast Club" or "Pretty In Pink" (which admittedly is where I go to with a lot of shoegaze artists)  Yet at the same time, this could be something from the mid to late 1990's when Nirvana was over and Beck had "Loser" on the radio-- you know, when bands like Superdrag, Smoking Popes and even a young Weezer were taking shape.

After a shorter instrumental song ("Still") this comes back with a distorted rage that feels like something you'd hear from early Trail of the Dead and I never have an issue with hearing a band who sounds like that because, I mean, Trail of Dead shouldn't just be a band, they should be a genre themselves and anyone who takes hints from them is doing something right in my book.   Just the fact that this can go from slower to faster, softer to harder, instrumental to not shows the range of Reveries, something other bands wouldn't be able to do with only six songs.

"Passing", which is the last song, has these FNL guitars which bring about elements of post rock.   It is also an instrumental song but for the most part this cassette has more emphasis on music even when there are vocals.   The way that the song seems to kind of fade out at the end of is bit less post rock and more post apocalyptic in its thoughts as well.   Is there a genre for "post everything" yet because if not, it is quite possible that Reveries could be paving the way. 

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