ALBUM REVIEW: Dream On, Dreamer – What If I Told You It Doesn’t Get Better

Release Date: April 10th 2020
Label: Unsigned


After eleven years, Australia’s Dream On, Dreamer have called it a day, closing this chapter in their lives with an unexpected conclusion and final record, ‘What If I Told You It Doesn’t Get Better’.

Ambient pads and groove riffs signal the beginning of ‘Feel So Empty’. Utilising the clean vocals of both Marcel Gadacz and Zachary Britt, it hinges on the back and forth between both vocalists to drive the itself forward. Whilst the track sits alongside the group’s more radio-friendly offerings, it gives enough energy to kick the record off.

Following up with ‘Don’t Disappear’, the quartet move between alt rock style verses and syncopated grooves to create a solid track. Whilst the bulk of the cut may be formulaic, the bridge does move towards different dynamics and gives a wider scope for the electronic elements to support the track instead of accenting it.

Moving towards their earlier sound, ‘Explicit’ sees Britt and Callan Orr chugging alongside Gadacz‘s guttural screams before reverting back to their current sound. Sadly, by attempting to cram in both sides of their sonic stylings, neither the heavier bridges nor the bouncing chorus really hit the mark.

With the record’s middle leaning on electronica driven structures, ‘Fade Away’ sees the quartet mix urgent percussion and swirling samples to inject a new flavour, whereas ‘Spirit Is Moving’ sits between crunching guitars and minimal synths to blend their multiple sounds together with a coherency that moves closer towards alt rock than metal.

Whilst ‘Sentimental’ plays with drum and bass rhythms and liquid piano melodies, and ‘December’ sees Gadacz hit falsetto notes alongside driving octaves, the energy begins to wane slightly. Picking the pace back up with ‘Who We Are’, stomping grooves drive towards a punk tinged pre-chorus and an impactful bridge that highlights the strengths of the clean vocals of Britt.

Concluding their final record with ‘Regrets’, shimmering melodies and sparse chords make room for intimate vocals and a simple yet catchy chorus. By taking a subtle route to close the record, Dream On, Dreamer deliver a stripped down version of themselves, one that counteracts an unevenly paced record.

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