Issue May 14, 2013

Recurring Dream

Implodes
KRANKY

Opening their sophomore release with the sparse and airy drone of “Wendy 2” properly sets the momentum for the remainder of the album. Implodes induce a dreary tone, sustained throughout but punctuated with explosive forays into soaring post-rock. As a whole, the band scans like early Bauhaus or The Smiths cum the shoegaze of My Bloody Valentine, making for a bleak and lumbering final product, hypnotic in its shifting ambience and repetitive rhythmic figures. Dream is thoroughly consistent when consumed as a whole, incorporating several instrumental ambient tracks interspersed between comparatively straightforward tracks, most of which feature whispered vocals, slick digitally distorted guitar leads and an impressive amount of reverb. From the goth-pop high of “Scattered in the Wind” to the gloom of “Bottom of a Well,” Implodes have created the perfect soundtrack to a cold winter night.