"If the goal of recording an album is to build some kind of aesthetic, then Dede & The Dreamers have accomplished just that with their latest album. ‘Daydream’ is an apt title for the release from Dede & The Dreamers. The album opens with ‘Dear One’, an acapella tune that takes you straight to Bourbon St. in New Orleans, LA. Its a classic love song with Dreamers’ John Driscoll and Chris Michels backing up Dede on sultry vocals. It ends with a huge major chord on the organ through a Leslie speaker rotating and vibrating as a harbinger for the optimism of the album. The second song on the album ‘Hope’ sits in sonic contrast to the opener, a minor key, a beat box, and a cello at times whimsical help to facilitate the atmosphere. The track is reminiscent of Manu Chau’s hypnotic beats while still managing to deliver heartfelt lyrics. Tracks such as ‘Couch’ start out straight forward enough detailing the thanks between members of a band and a host for allowing the band to stay. Such a simple idea told in a melody that will undoubtedly be with you next week. That simplicity is what is so incredible about Dede & The Dreamers, yet with a calm whisper, Dede utters the word ‘drive’ during ‘Couch’ and the listener is taken for a ride down the streets of what sounds like Manhattan while Dede taps the vibraphone with her mallets to create an urban atmosphere with traffic, clambering, and the din of the city. This improv style is executed well however on songs like ‘Aurora Borealis’, the listener can hear the band’s ability to compose. This song begins with a vocal loop of ‘Aurora Borelis', thus the listener is prompted to think of the Northern lights however after a few times through, another distorted vocal loop comes in repeating the same words. The combination of drums and distorted vocals brings Portishead’s ‘Mysterons’ to mind. And that’s where the listener is left vexed, so many styles are executed so well on this album. However with a stacked team of talent in the Dreamers such as the aforementioned Chris Michels and John Driscoll, as well as Dan Rickabus, Abigail Alwin, Lee Dyer, Alex Riesenbeck, and Abbie Stauffer, its no wonder that the formula for a great album is thought out songwriting exemplified by Dede Alder along with an outstanding band. Dede & the Dreamers new record ‘Daydream’ brings with it songs playful, poignant, and everything in between and most importantly makes a strong case why music is one the biggest exports Michigan has to offer. "
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