Loaded Dreams

Loaded Dreams

In It But Not of It

self-released

This record was an interesting surprise. Take the sultry female vocals of Concrete Blonde, the dreamy guitar work of The Cure and Mazzy Star, on point and pounding drums, and grainy overdriven Gang Of Four bass guitars, and you’ll have the basic sound of Loaded Dreams. The lead vocalist’s voice is fluid, warm, inviting, and somewhat distant; she sings in a voice reminiscent of many early 1990s female vocalists.

On that token, this record sounds like a major throwback to those days, as similarities to the band Lush also beg to be made on In It But Not of It. The mood of all of the songs is distracted, tired, somewhat bored, and always longing. The music here is the perfect soundtrack for a broken heart; sometimes aggressive, mainly lost, and completely confused and wandersome.

High points on this album include “Collide,” which showcases creepy guitar lines and corrosive sounding bass guitars; the album’s closer, “Elsa,” is straight forward yet skewed, kind of like Daydream Nation-era Sonic Youth. I’d say this is the album’s best and most prolific song, and it really epitomizes what this band is all about.

I’d never heard of these guys before, so I don’t know much about them, but like I said, I was happy to get this one in my review batch. It really took me back to the early 1990s in a positive and fun way!

Loaded Dreams: http://www.loadeddreams.com

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