THE LUCID DREAM SHARE TRIPPY NEW 8-MINUTE SINGLE "I'M A STAR IN MY OWN RIGHT" - NEW ALBUM OUT SEPT 23RD - UK TOUR DATES
Praise for The Lucid Dream
“Anything but another psych-by-numbers record.” Drowned In Sound’s #7 UK album of 2015
''Mona Lisa' – Critics’ Favourite Tracks of 2015 in The Observer
“One beautiful, half-remembered hallucination” - Q
“Krautrock, no-wave, psych, dub… a terrific 2nd album.” 8/10 Uncut
“A tremolo powered, Sonic Youth submarine voyage to Joe Meeks fabulous undersea kingdom” - Quietus
“stirring, epic material designed to expand minds and shatter the consciousness.” Clash
“They revel in extracting every last tone from their combined wall of sound” -Classic Rock
“Tinnitus-tempting jangling guitars smothered in delicious reverb” - The Line of Best Fit
“The guitars buzz, swirl and shimmer amidst expansive soundscapes” -Shindig!
As heard on BBC Radio 1 (Huw Stephens), BBC Radio 2 (Huey Morgan),and BBC 6 Music (Lauren Laverne, Marc Riley (inc. 2 sessions), Steve Lamacq, Gideon Coe, Stuart Maconie, Tom Robinson
Compulsion Songs is the 3rd album from Carlisle's The Lucid Dream. Rather than bathe in the critical acclaim of their recent 2nd album, The Lucid Dream are quick out the blocks, venturing into pastures new again, making no secret of their aim to separate themselves from their peers as much as possible. OnCompulsion Songs, pulling away from the pack is the order of the day, and the ideas on show here reaffirm the many claims that The Lucid Dream are one of the most important, diverse and exciting bands in the UK at present. Compulsion Songs is a demonstration of the band’s skill in binding the sounds of their broadening musical palette through their unifying songcraft.
Recorded at Whitewood Studios, Liverpool, with Rob Whiteley, the album is produced alongside long-time collaborator Ross Halden (Ghost Town Studios, Leeds). Recent single Bad Texan (the first work from the album unveiled via 12' vinyl in March this year) sees the band move into dancefloor meets Krautrock. The Krautrock/kosmiche groove is also present alongside new-wave in the 2-part opus Nadir/Epitaph. 21st Century is quite appropriately the nearest the band get to a protest song, a 2-minute white noise/garage/rockabilly blast, inspired by a heavy dose of Beastie Boys listening. Elsewhere, the bustling of The Emptiest Place is Morricone meets 60s L.A, Stormy Waters bows to the melodies of The Stone Roses/The Byrds, warping them with a sinister twist in the vein of Spiritualized. The album’s showpiece however comes via the 8-minute space-dub of I'm A Star In My Own Right, as the band hit a full on Kingston, Jamaica dub/groove, set as it is to contorting, reverb-fueled passages.
Talking of the new single, I'm A Star In My Own Right, vocalist and guitarist Mark Emmerson says;
''I'm A Star In My Own Right' is the last track I penned for the new album, and also the last track we recorded and mixed on the album too. It was massively inspired by the work of the genius Adrian Sherwood, his On-U Sound label and in particular the first couple of Singers and Players albums."
Compulsion Songs follows 2015’s critically acclaimed 2nd album, which gained plaudits from Drowned In Sound (who named the album #7 UK album of the year/#18 world album, and overall highest placed 'psych' album), Uncut, Q, Clash, Louder Than War, The Skinny, and major radio support from BBC Radio 1 (Huw Stephens), BBC Radio 2 (Huey Morgan), and BBC 6 Music (Lauren Laverne, Marc Riley (inc. 2 sessions), Steve Lamacq, Gideon Coe, Stuart Maconie, Tom Robinson). 'Mona Lisa', the opening track from the album, was also included in The Observer’s 'Critics Favourite Tracks Of 2015' playlist. The vinyl pressing of the album (750 copies) sold out on the day of release, and was backed by a European tour across 11 countries, slots atIndouro Fest (Portugal), Eindhoven Psych Lab (Holland), and supports toClinic and A Place To Bury Strangers.
Compulsion Songs is released on 23rd September via Holy Are You Recordings (CD/ltd coloured vinyl/vinyl/download)
The Lucid Dream play the following dates in support of the album
Sunday 24th July: Bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank
Saturday 3rd September: 1-2-3-4 Festival, London
Friday 9th September: Glasgow Broadcast
Friday 16th September: Edinburgh Sneaky Pete's
Saturday 17th September: York The Basement
Thursday 22nd September: London The Lexington
Saturday 24th September: Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia
Friday 30th September: Cardiff The Moon Club
Saturday 1st October: Manchester Night and Day
Friday 21st October: Brighton The Hope and Ruin
Saturday 22nd October: Hebden Bridge Trades Club
Friday 28th October: Newcastle The Cluny 2
Saturday 29th October: Nottingham The Lofthouse