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Polydream
Send Me To The Sun
(self-released)
www.polydreammusic.com


2008 has already begun as one of the better years for shoegaze/dreampop in recent memory. There are a good amount of eagerly awaited albums on the horizon, including new records from Pia Fraus and The Autumns, as well as reunion tours by originators Swervedriver and My Bloody Valentine, and hidden amongst it all are a few unknown gems that help to buoy the genre. The new record from Polydream is one such hidden jewel.

From the first moments of Send Me To The Sun, Polydream fill their songs with the unmistakable twists found in 90's Britpop and 'gaze, however the real twist comes on the realization that these guys are from Wisconsin… or thereabouts. The production is sparkling clear, guitars chiming and drums throbbing as perfection while the vocalist's voice slips comfortably in and out of falsetto like the best of Britain's pop stars. Opening track "Catch Me If You Can" captures the anthemic rock spirit of such Britpop greats as Embrace, while harboring some of the finest dreampop guitarwork of the new millennium. "Dreaming Of" features reverb heavy female vocals that add a nice spacey effect to the overall dreaminess of the song before the band launches into a searing guitar solo break, really showcasing their handle on the dynamic interplay of a song. The band invokes the soaring majesty of American bands like The Autumns and The Curtain Society on the record, but there is always that underlying feeling of Brittiness. There are even songs like "In The Daylight" where the band almost recalls Paisley Pop-era bands like The Red House, mixing in a little bit of soft psychedelia with the pop to create a memorable and highly enjoyable sound.

Shoegazers take note! Another American band is on the scene to keep the dream alive. Take a moment to listen to a couple of tracks from Polydream's Send Me To The Sun for a nice example of the phenomenon. Maybe the epic 'gaze of "Everything Else Comes Of Life" or the quiet refection of "Luster" will be the track that makes you realize that, yes Victoria, there really is shoegaze still.

-Embo Blake

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