Listening more closely the guitar in the intro of 'Lights Out' does not have the sustain Gilmour is able to get out of his effect pedals, but who cares. Bells of Youth caught me and I'm listening alright. After this Pink Floyd sort of start, Bells Of Youth quickly takes a turn. A female voice sings over the long held Rick Wright organ note. The singing makes the song totally different as it is more in an indie, alt-Americana idiom, not unlike the singing of First Aid Kit. The guitar explosion later on could be in both camps.
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Again my standard in all things female bands has to be mentioned. Like Veruca Salt on 'Eight Arms To Hold You' Bells Of Youth was not content with a one or two dimensional song. Within the songs there are all sorts of highways and byways to explore. This leads to some great harmonies or counter melodies in the singing and playing. It's impossible to state that the band found them all, but it certainly sounds like it. The ideas and small melodies bounce right over each other, leading to a new discovery each time I play the record.
|Promo photo by L. van der Meeren|
Dreamers is an album that allows for some surprises and provides satisfaction to my ears. Better, it surprised me in many ways, after the opening song, in all the positive ways. Bells Of Youth is a band full of promise and potential. This band can go explore all sorts of directions and convince instantly. A band to watch and probably to go and listen to live. Too bad that I have another commitment, another band, other town, when they visit my home town.
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