Dreamlike Dream, the band’s sophomore album was recorded in main songwriter Mike Law’s rebuilt recording studio, The Civil Defense after it was totally destroyed in Hurricane Sandy.
Law, thus far, perhaps one of the most confoundingly overlooked songwriters by media outlets of his generation has nevertheless had the attention of his peers having toured with the likes of FUGAZI, At The Drive In, Minus the Bear and on and on with his previous projects New Idea Society and the revered off-rock trio EULCID. For the new sophmore WILD ARROWS album the band holed up in the newly rebuilt The Civil Defense for the better part of 2016. With main collaborator Yasmin Reshamwala, the two tracked 25 songs trying to find the right combination for the album. Law was able to fully explore his songs with unusual old reverbs, delays, and reasonable microphones and speakers to hear what was happening for the first time since 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. The result is a return to form of Law’s eccentric songwriting (Alphabet Girl), sonic experimentation and ear worm melodies (Dark Me), veering between Buddy Holly Shoegaze (Breathe Through) and ethereal barren experimentations (Deceiver.) the band touches on familiar sounds but avoids being derivative. For percussion Law and Reshamwala used a combination of electronic drums and guest drummer Alan Cage (Quicksand, New Idea Society) on the album rounding out an impressive line-up. Dreamlike Dream will age and endure as designed, an album greater than the sum of it’s parts and hopefully, the first album of Law’s to get the respect it demands in real time rather than years later.