DreamEternalBliss music takes ’80s new wave influences and wraps them up in a fresh, modern rock style. You’ll hear and feel some classic Euro-pop influences, but DreamEternalBliss doesn’t emulate those bands. This is fresh music with a nod to the past. There are big keyboards and sultry vocals, plus outstanding guitar work that was rarely heard in the synth-heavy classic bands. It’s not every day that a couple of respected progressive rock musicians decide to abandon their love of the long-format concept record and pursue something more commercially appealing, but that’s precisely what happened when Days Before Tomorrow founder, Scott Kahn, got together with DBT bandmate Derek Davodowich to plot the next chapter of their musical journey. If you like any of the following bands, you’ll probably enjoy DreamEternalBliss: Chvrches, Duran Duran, Keane, Berlin, Simple Minds, Roxette.
The EP in question is a self-titled debut of excellent cuts chosen to release as their first collection of original tunes. They take elements of the past and bring them into the present, and maybe even the future if they continue down this road. They’re a very good band with some well felt influences but have an overall sound of their own. They come in firing on all cylinders with the energetic “This Time” with its massive swirling keyboards dominating the arrangement and the vocals complementing it perfectly by not drowning it out, as well as some excellent guitar work that takes this track over the top and delivers a home run. There nothing negative to say and no advice to give about what it doesn’t have. It’s all there in one spicy track that just works. And it helps to get the ball rolling and like what’s going on with this whole record.
Moving right along with “Home” you are treated to an assault of guitars in the both hard-edged and jangly disco type variety. This turns out to be very reminiscent of a mixture of The Motels, The Divinyls, Gwen Stefani and Roxette. This has two guitar approaches that work but almost don’t when you think about them. It has some acoustic lines which are fantastic but I’m not so sure they go together and perhaps make no difference at the end of the day. This can be an opportunity to do something more but it doesn’t seem to appeal to a point of appreciation from the masses, but I find it to be well placed either way. This track happens to clock in at five minutes and thirteen seconds, which edges it a tad for the longest running piece on the EP. That also happens to take it the distance and gets my pick of the bunch for every reason described. The consumer opinion will always vary, but this is as close to actual perfection as Dream Eternal Bliss come to me.
If that was the peak, “Die And Learn” takes the low point for me as well. This is a little more Stevie Nicks meets Cyndi Lauper. The performance is altogether fine but while it contains good songwriting it doesn’t ever quite pick up. But the acoustic touch returns here in a different way, where for the next person it might fit the song a lot better. But this isn’t a stand out track for the energy level that is mostly found on the EP, as it takes on an overall mellower but less inspiring role. There is a good song in there for someone, and that much is true, but it loses the mark the others make.
It all comes back with flying colors on “Don’t Stop,” as a full on dance number kicks in and not only is the rhythm hot on this, so are the vocals. Carrie Edwards proves she can sing with the likes of her obvious influences and then some, as she comes alive on this well-crafted song. I hear everything from Madonna to the Pet Shop Boys coming out of the speakers on this. I find it a testament to the talent combined, to put it even more strongly about this track. It’s a dead solid improvement from the previous number. This gives it an evened up feel, almost track for track. But it’s not over till it’s over.
“Unfamiliar Faces” is a mix match of all to be found among this collection of consistent tunes. Lovers of pop and dance music meets lovers of rock, which never strays, it just pops out here and there. It falls among the better tracks and can’t be denied in its overall greatness. This is where it all comes down and makes ways for the finale. It does well in enticing up to “Leave Me Be,” which closes this package tightly and gives it my seal of approval. It’s all full circle by this time and the final delivery is awesome, lying somewhere between all elements contained on the EP. You get pumped for a repeat without rinse, once this pulsates through the ears and renders you hooked.