Release date: September 21, 2018
Into the Sun, the new LP from Freak Dream, is a journey which careers from syrupy synth-pop to all-out noise rock to spooky electronica and more across the album’s 8 tracks.
Freak Dream is the brainchild of Elliot Langford (The Rebel Spell, SSRIs, Sprïng, Big EviL, Togetherness), and boy, is that some brain. Just watch the video to opening track ‘Bash Hop’ (below) to get a sense of the delightful weirdness of Into the Sun.
One of the best things about Freak Dream is its total lack of constraint with regard to genre. Into the Sun borrows from noise rock, synth-pop, punk, post-hardcore, techno and more — to name just a few. Each of those elements has something to add, creating a highly-charged, nuanced listening experience.
Langford doesn’t do anything by halves, either. On an album which encompasses a dizzying range of genres, the common thread is Freak Dream’s utter commitment every step of the way.
That’s what really captivates you when listening to this record; the band is all-in, and you will be, too. The sheer intensity carries you away. Tense, brooding, dark, menacing — I could throw a Goth thesaurus at this album, and it’d all be true.
Probably my favourite track is the eponymous ‘Into the Sun,’ which is the album’s penultimate song. Starting with a driving drumbeat and R2D2-esque warbles, the track lulls around a minute and a half in, but it’s only the calm before the storm. Degenerating into a howling, growling frenzy shortly thereafter, it showcases Freak Dream at its best.
Into the Sun by Freak Dream was released by Artoffact Records on September 21, 2018. The album is available digitally or on CD via Bandcamp.