FEELS – Gates

“A large part of this is lovely to listen to.”

Tim: Now, I realise this is a terrible indication of how this song might otherwise be reviewed, but: maybe ignore the first thirty seconds of this, or possibly even the first 45.

Tom: Why do you say that? I really like that opening.

Tim: Really? Because how I see it is that a large part of this is lovely to listen to. That underlying bassline, though, is remarkably unpleasant, and it’s really such a massive shame.

Tom: How strange: it’s not often that we come across something that you find grating and I don’t. That bassline really works with me: it’s ominous yet promising.

Tim: See, I just straight out don’t like it. So much of this is just lovely to sit back and listen to – start at 2:35, it’s just gorgeous. It may be almost 5 minutes long, but if it were all like that, I wouldn’t even have a problem with that. But argh, that grating line is just horrible when there’s nothing on top of it. WHY.

Tom: I think it does outstay its welcome a bit — it could use trimming some of the fat — but I just don’t think there’s anything wrong. And particularly not with that bassline.

Postiljonen – Go!

“A lovely M83-style sound”

Tim: A Swedish dream-pop trio, this is the second release off their upcoming second album. I could copy and paste the PR guff, but basically: there are shit moments, but you’re awesome, so take a moment, then GO!

Tom: Which is basically what the song’s like, isn’t it?

Tim: And that starts out as a lovely M83-style sound, interrupted briefly by an unexpected electric guitar, don’t know where it came from but I won’t complain about it.

Tom: Yep, M83 is a good style point for it: lots of reverb, lots of ethereal vocals, and a strong boots-and-cats drum below it.

Tim: This is lovely stuff all in, really, although I’ve got to say I’m not entirely sure I feel the GO! vibe – it’s good to relax to, maybe take a lengthy shower to on repeat, but I can’t say I get a GO! I’ll take the “you’re awesome” bit, mind – always happy to have that thrown at me – so I’ll have this nicely.

Dream Lake – World of Dreams

“Music to brighten up an otherwise aurally dull room”

Tim: 100 Songs, a reliably excellent label, having previously brought us such wonders as Amazing and Wasting Water (which incidentally I remembered this morning and listened to it a full twelve times, because I’d forgotten how incredible it is), seem to have been a bit more successful than they originally predicted; here’s number 106.

Tom: Oh, that introduction is wonderful. The track isn’t the typical kind of thing I listen to, mind, but that introduction was fantastic. After that…

Tim: Well, if you don’t remember Dream Lake, they’re the Swedish act you described as “soft and fluffy” last July; it’s tempting, and not particularly inaccurate, to say that they’ve found a formula and are very happy with it. I have no trouble with that, though, because I’m very happy with it too.

Tom: Yep, and I stand by that description. It’s not going to stand out for me, but it’s not going to annoy me either.

Tim: I tell you what this is: it’s background music. Sure, you can sit and pay attention to it, but you may find your mind wandering (or at least I did; apologies to the members of Dream Lake if I’ve inadvertently insulted their work). Instead, it’s music to listen to while you’re on other stuff, browsing the Twitter or something, there to brighten up an otherwise aurally dull room, and to create a wonderful surprise moment at 2:49.

Tom: Which is basically what happened to me.

Tim: Also a disappointing moment at 3:42, but another happy moment when you press the play button again.