Cant - Dreams Come True

If you are one of a select few who browse their iTunes by album and not artist, then you may be forgiven when stumbling upon Dreams Come True, the debut album by CANT, in mistaking it for an LP by a Disney-affiliated artist a la Miley Cyrus or Justin Bieber. That's thanks to a misleading title, one that alternatively sounds like the kind of name stuck to a melodramatic biopic released in Oscar season that the Academy would lap up. But this may be the point. CANT is the project of Chris Taylor (CANT are his initials), the multi-instrumental member of Grizzly Bear, a band who have earned mainstream and critical success while sticking steadfast to their experimental-folk principles.

George Lewis Jr aka Twin Shadow accompanies Taylor on his first voyage into solo territory on Dreams Come True, beginning inauspiciously on 'Too Late, Too Far' with a rhythm which induces faint memories of Gwen Stefani's 'Hollaback Girl', before Taylor's crooning vocals soon enter the fray, along with an array of tropical-sounding rhythmic instruments. This melange of complex instrumentation and Taylor's now characteristically soulful vocal delivery creates a hazy but warm texture, one that challenges but rewards in equal measure.

Perhaps a product of Lewis' involvement, Dreams Come True wears its heart on its sleeve in both a simple and intricate fashion; 'Believe', 'The Edge' and 'BANG' extract tender emotion in all the right ways, the latter working as a mournful love elegy that is stripped of the complexity found on the multifaceted opening track.

Despite the woozy low fidelity and IDM electro synth at work, Dreams Come True is essentially a pop record in the way that Veckatimest is. As such, it is unsurprising to note that Taylor and Lewis wrote and recorded the majority of the album in a bedroom connected to what used to be Allaire Studios. This intimate and reclusive setting is reflected in the whimsical nature of the songs and while the eerie vocals are not always distinct, a strong sense of melancholy is nevertheless retained, a quality which slowly reveals itself when revisited again and again.

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