Backroom Stereo - Dreams

Published Saturday 2nd May 2015
Backroom Stereo - Dreams
Backroom Stereo - Dreams

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 155390-22869
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: Digital Only EP

Reviewed by Tim Holden

'Dreams' is a collection of six pop songs that mark quite a change for East Yorkshire's Backroom Stereo (aka Mark Tiddy). The opening "A Beautiful Love Story" sets the scene with acoustic guitar backed with drums and synths, a theme that is continued throughout the EP with the notable exception of the country styled "Mess It Up". Musically the songs are pleasant enough but with the vocals rarely straying from three or four notes and the accompaniment also lacking in harmonic interest it feels a little bland. Lyrically the songs are, as the title suggests, imagined scenarios and predominately relationships seen through the eyes of a young man - refreshingly, in today's culture, without any sexual references, but also without even a hint of God being involved. Mark's tendency is to not use rhyme but more a series of conversational sentences. 'Dreams' is a pleasant enough listen but simply lacks any standout song or performance.

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