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