Dreams Never End - Review
Formed toward the end of the 80's and hailing from Brazil, this is a unique project with the duo of Alex Twin and Maurizio Bonito at the core and featuring numerous guest vocalists.
This band returns after a 14 year absence with this new album featuring two classic tracks along with eleven brand new pieces. For those that pick up the deluxe limited version, there is included a second disc featuring eleven remixed selections. With the variety of this band spanning everything from ethereal, dream-pop and trip hop, we have a great selection of music here across these thirteen tracks.
When I first listened to this album, the thought that kept coming to my mind was of how much this disc reminded me of the Heavenly Voices
compilations put out by Hyperium Music
back in the 90's. The overall theme is the same with various guest vocalists that truly are heavenly in many ways, coupled with the mix of ethereal, wave and trip hop, maybe with more of an electronic foundation than the Heavenly Voices
compilations, but along the same lines. I think with that comparison, readers that might be familiar with that style should have a good idea what's on this album. In fact, one of the most frequently appearing vocalist is also from one of the most well-recognized ethereal bands here on Gothic Paradise, with Carine Grieg from Collection D'Arnell Andrea
. Other vocalists include such names as Carla P. from Speaking Silence
, Jayne Casey with Pink Industry
There are many stellar tracks on this disc, and with the feel of a compilation and the wide variety, there are a few that just don't really grab my attention. We'll just focus on those highlights for the purpose of this review, though time and reader attention span won't permit me to go into detail about every single one. After listening several times the first trio of pieces really grabbed me, starting off with "Amy", this popular track shines through with it's sweet, fairytale approach and mixture of heavy bass, a trip hop rhythm and heavenly vocals. The heavy dance-friendly beats mixed with pulsating synths are what really make the next piece fantastic in "Les Innocents". The french vocals are a nice added touch for that suave feel over the layers of electronics. This fades nicely into the club-friendly piece "Blessed Be" with a definite classic electro-pop feel with vocals and style very reminiscent of Viscious Pink
in the 80's.
As the album progresses, there are a number of additional ethereal and dream-pop pieces that have been a joy to have on both radio shows. "Sleepy Travel" has a nice twist of electronically heavy trip hop with Carine's playful, captivating vocals. Along these same lines "Dreamland" is presented in pure ethereal beauty with solid, captivating vocals over a mix of subtle electronics over almost what seems like a samba beat, possibly a little local Brazilian flavor thrown in? As we hit "The Key of Dreams", I knew I couldn't pass this piece up as I was immediately enthralled by Carla's vocals from Speaking Silence
fame, a definite favorite from the old Heavenly Voices
days. The final piece to touch on is "To Sir with Love" which has an upbeat dreampop feel with a very heavy electronics-driven core and another unique, moving beat. This fades into the final piece on the regular edition of the album which is a very dance-friendly remix of "Blessed Be".
With that we bring to a close this wonderful album. It's great to have a gem like this in my collection as a true fan of these various genres this album spans. Something like this is very rare and hard to come by in our scene, and so it is easily cherished as a great addition, and highly recommended for any fan of these styles.
Label: Wave Records