They are saying there’s nothing as boring as listening to about another person’s dream. It’s to the Eccentronic Analysis Council’s credit score that The Dreamcatcher Tapes is something however. An odd and deeply psychedelic venture, the report had its genesis in 2015, when Sheffield-based musicians Adrian Flanagan and Dean Honer celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of Delia Derbyshire and Barry Bermange’s Innovations For Radio: The Goals, a group of spliced and reassembled interviews with individuals describing their desires to which Derbyshire utilized music. To mark the event Flanagan and Honer sourced audio from a number of various buddies, artists, actors, musicians, scientists, poets, and filmmakers and fitted them to music.
Now, the duo have launched a second, greater quantity, exploring the sorts of desires individuals have been having throughout probably the most profound mass psychological shift of a era. “I used to be actually to see how the enforced lockdown and the elimination of individuals’s primary wants reminiscent of human contact and hanging out in shut proximity to different people was affecting the desires of my buddies, friends and people on the very entrance line of this horrible pandemic,” says Flanagan.
It is these whose desires are most clearly impacted by the pandemic whose tracks are probably the most attention-grabbing when listened to on their very own. On ‘Leonie’s Dream’, a nurse describes a PPE scarcity on the hospital she works in, throughout which she dreamt that the employees needed to put on a novelty Elvis costume as a substitute, ”Not simply an ordinary Elvis costume, a fats Elvis costume”, a transfer so profitable that the hospital finally ends up shopping for 50,000 Elvis costumes as a substitute of PPE.
Different desires have specific nods to the true world underneath coronavirus – the narrator of ‘India’s Dream’ notes the weirdness of getting a piggyback after not having touched one other human being for therefore lengthy – however for probably the most half the hyperlinks are implicit. Make what you’ll of the truth that there’s so many desires about intercourse – lust for the Greek enchantress Circe on ‘Evangeline’s Dream’, intercourse with a pair of grinder boots on ‘Ami’s Dream, masturbation whereas strolling down the road on ‘Lydia’s Dream’ – or that the narrator of ‘Sarah’s Dream’, a trainer, is overcome with rage as she fends off zombies with a butcher’s knife.
Total although, The Dreamcatcher Tapes is most attention-grabbing once you view all its tracks as items of a wider complete, particular person dispatches from the identical mysterious parallel universe the place the whole lot doesn’t fairly work because it does right here. Completely different individuals inform their tales in fully alternative ways. There are completely different accents, intonations, and affectations. Some sound like they’re studying from paper, their narratives tweaked and dramatised for max impression, others sound like they’re rambled at you by somebody who’s simply woken up, and others are peppered with little asides like a pub raconteur. But whether or not by the pandemic’s enormity, or simply by the very fact they’re all on an album collectively, all these completely different narrators really feel considerably unified.
The fabric the Eccentronic Analysis Council should work with is enviable, a number of little vignettes that between them reveal an intimate glimpse into the human psyche. The brilliance comes with the lightness of contact with which they deal with them. They’re continually genre-hopping, from bludgeoning techno to bonkers psychedelic wig-outs to sunny soft-rock jams to modern disco grooves to pummelling industrial noise.
They work with the narratives their story-tellers present. A saucy soft-porn soundtrack ups the ludicrousness on ‘Ami’s Dream’, the one the place she makes like to a pair of shoes, with slide whistles and digital squelches protecting up any impolite phrases. On ‘Wyndham’s Dream’ the duo’s steely electro-noir provides that little further fringe of grit. For ‘Don’s Dream’ they seize on the narrator’s hypnotic American baritone and supply him the drifting new age synth soundtrack to imbue it with the cosmic energy of a cult chief. For all Flanagan and Honer’s skills as instrumentalists, it’s at all times their contributors who prepared the ground. All of it makes for an immensely bizarre and otherworldly report, however one in the end shot via with a wierd sense of group.