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Rich Aucoin – The Dream [Review]

Rich Aucoin – The Dream [Review]

A multi-faceted delight of textural sonics, with “The Dream” Rich Aucoin has delivered his best track yet.

Rich Aucoin - The Dream

Reminiscent of the more expansive, meditative moments of Tame Impala and Ariel Pink, this is a densely packed track that, amazingly, always manages to find room to breathe. Aucoin is able to maintain a staggering sense of coherence throughout the track, despite many twists and turns and a plethora of styles employed. The rumbling, insistent bassline holds everything together among twinkling chimes, intermittent soaring synths and haunting organs.

True to its title, this is a highly immersive track which is at times soothingly mesmeric, at others frighteningly claustrophobic -- compounded by Aucoin’s eerily hypnotic, wistful vocals. This provides the track with an intriguing sense of uneasiness, suggesting that the dream could at any moment slip seamlessly into a nightmare.

Though not quite a reinvention, “The Dream” represents a clear evolution from the slightly abrasive and more overtly electronic-led earlier sound. The new style certainly suits, and we can’t wait to hear what comes next.

The Hold E.P. is out now.

Review by Jamie George

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