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Dreamtime - Sun

by Jim Harris Rating:8 Release Date:2016-03-14

It’s hard listening to the first track of Dreamtime’s strong album, Sun, and not have an acid flashback to The Doors only number one album, Waiting for the Sun, and its psych masterpiece, ‘Celebration of the Lizard.’ (Okay, none of you were listening to The Doors in 1968, including myself, but this first track paid so much homage to The Doors the estate should get money…). And it’s all good.

Dreamtime is a hard psychedelic band from Australia and Sun came out last year but is getting a new release on vinyl. And if you are a fan of Goat, Black Angels, Hookworms, or other such challenging and experimental heavy psych bands then you should invest in Dreamtime’s new vinyl emergence.  It’s well worth it. 

The first track, ‘Centre of Mind’, like I said is a weird, meandering, spooky Doors-sounding track that rattles and explodes nicely and is an understated setup to an album of artistically, creative psychedelic trips that sprawl all over the place and usually build to loud explosive crescendos.

‘Sun’ is the title track and most representative of Dreamtime’s vision.  It’s an almost ten minute opus that again returns the band to that space and time in the 60s where Charles Manson could talk pretty girls into killing other pretty girls and Jim Morrison could prance theatrically around a half-dark stage as Ray Manzarek  would play acid flowing flourishes with his Vox organ.  And frankly, from such bands as Dreamtime, I wish they would purchase one of those old Vox combo organs and set their songs on fire with them.

But Dreamtime has a cool psychedelic sound that blends more subdued organs with whistles and sitars and most importantly well-crafted freaky good loud progressions of electric guitars.  Dreamtime keeps within the tradition of 60s psychedelic music of the spooky, subversive dark kind that I prefer over the Beatles.  The extended spacy jams on ‘Sun’ and ‘Art of Invisibility’ come almost to the verge of over-indulgence and then just explode nicely.  In between there are clever uses of high-volume nature sounds to begin ‘Baphomet’ and interesting middle-eastern influences with the sitar, and then even a little country sounding influence on some of the psych music that even adds to your listening pleasure.  It’s clear why Dreamtime has developed a cult following in the DIY scene and while Sun came out in 2015, it would be interesting to see where they progress to moving forward.


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Cool review. Like these guys. Must catch them when they hit Sydney.

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Listening to this again now. I never noticed the Doors similarities first time but you're right. Bloody good though isn't it. New album later this year.

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Yes. I keep playing it. Strong stuff.

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Thanks, Rob. Loved your review as well.

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