Tag Archives: English Folk

Dream Chemistry Images of White

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Dream Chemistry -Images of White sends one back sailing though time to when music seemed more in tune with the world around it. From the halcyon days of the San Francisco hippiedom with bands like It’s A Beautiful Day, Victoria and Stoneground who were taking a more acoustic approach to their sound, Dream Chemistry is well learned. In England, at close to the same time, bands like Pentangle, Fairport Convention and Fotheringay with their female vocalist tread similar ground. Dream Chemistry mixes a folk rock sound with a soft dreamy vocalist who meshes well with the easy going sound that the band produces. The songs blend together into a collage that pulls the listener along with each change in the musical style. There is no genre for this type of band.

They are more hybrids of sounds, Folk with rock music leanings or a dreamy trip into a world of the past. But Dream Chemistry has meshed their style into their own sound. With each track the vocalist gets better, with each track the songs get stronger and the musicianship is always top notch. Track five, Three Legged Horse, which is an instrumental track, pushes the thought home more than some of the other tracks at this point in the CD and shows the relationship between Irish jig and the English folk traditions. They are basically one in the same from an American point of view. But don’t get the idea that this band is not playing modern music. You Groove Me has a warm vocal feel that haunts back to the days of the female pop singers of mid sixties. Smooth and clear with warm tones that show the strength of the vocal quality, backed by a soft romantic quality to the violin and the acoustic guitar. Perfect Life is a pop track with a smoothness that few artists ever lay down in the studio. The guitar work with its swirling sounds and the wonderful vocal truly remind me of the aforementioned bands.

Here in 2012 where talent is left on the side of the road and hype is the key to success, now is the time to start listening to real music. Dream Chemistry is one soulful band that arrives at a universal sound that has been played before but not like this. The individuals bring that uniqueness to their parts that add up to a whole that few artists achieve.

There are many artists playing without a truly defined sound. Playing in bands and finding the right combination of musicians is as challenging as creating a musical release that truly captures what the band is about, yet Dream Chemistry have delivered on track after track. Destined not to be a forgotten part of the past without a hit single, the track Perfect Life will capture American listeners in ways the other tracks cannot because of their eclectic nature. Perfect Life is a modern pop hit that never loses sight of its place in the context of the overall band sound. This is a modern day classic release that you should buy and listen to right now today. In ten years people will be pointing back at this release and saying what a great record it was.

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The Hummingbirds Talking of Tomorrow

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The Hummingbirds Talking of Tomorrow cd ep is a mix of styles, English folk with Americana. The Hummingbirds draw upon the rich resources of English folk tradition, Fairport Convention with its more rock edge and perhaps The Strawbs with their traditionalist sounds. Such songs as Back in Liverpool fit this mode. Then they do a one hundred and eighty degree turn and stoke up some Gene Vincent via Stray Cats rockabilly sounds that get the feet moving with it’s infectious sound on a song called Bankrupt Blues. The third track, Awaiting Your Call has more in common with the Beatles with it guitar sound and pop melody. The vocals are not as catchy but the elements of the Beatles influence is there as well as some other sixties sounds. Track four is Talking About Tomorrow is another track in the vein of English Folk Rock but you can also hear the pop elements of sixties artist like the Beatles drifting through the track. This small glimpse of what the Hummingbirds are about is a excellent introduction to a band that has much to offer.