Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Album Review: Dream Familiar

Title:  Dream Familiar (BandCamp)

Norman’s Two Suns’ full-length debut, Dream Familiar, is a spacey, airy trip through a blend of slow electronica and piano/acoustic guitar driven indie pop.  Much like the Self-Addressed EP (see my review here), the arrangements on Dream Familiar are sparse and minimalist in nature.  Gone is the shoegazing, wall of sound of the self-titled debut EP (see my review here), but it still all holds that signature Two Suns sound.  Much of that sound is driven by the breathy Mamas & Papas meets Chapterhouse vocals of Two Suns brainchild Jake Davidson. 

The release of Dream Familiar has been on a track-by-track basis, once a week, for 10 weeks.  This week’s track is “Losing, Lost” and is available as a “name your own price” download on BandCamp. 

What’s really cool about the Two Suns project is that it shows how the internet and technology has been good for music.  20 years ago, heck 10 years ago, a project like Two Suns probably couldn’t have come to fruition.  But now thanks to the internet and the vast improvements in home recording equipment and software, Davidson has been able to record and release two EPs and one full-length record all on his own.  That is pretty freaking cool IMHO.  

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