Another Green World: In Dreams
Another Green World: In Dreams– Another Green World is the lo-fi synth pop project of Alec West based in Memphis, TN. I’m not sure what it is about Synth Records‘ artists, but there’s certainly something to be said about nearly every one of them. Another Green World is just the latest example of the many beautiful things happening there.
It took me a while to wrap my mind around the art that In Dreams unapologetically throws at you with every guitar strum, beat, melodic keyboard riff and airy vocal. Though I heard multiple influences in his music such as Brian Eno, Neon Indian, and The Cure, it quickly became clear that this was an entirely original confluence of ideas. It really doesn’t happen very often when something strikes me in just the right way at the right time, but the more I listen to In Dreams, the more it becomes apparent that whether I loved this or not, I was certainly going to listen to it again and again to find out.
In Dreams begins with the title track: A wonderfully poppy track that really sets an interesting tone for this dreamy album. From there, we’re treated to a plethora of songs that range from dreamy ambiance to upbeat and poppy songs reminiscent of bands like Wild Nothing and Small Black. West’s airy vocals are an almost unseen threat that suck you in when present and make you miss them on instrumentals. The instrumentals, on the other hand are incredibly well-thought-out, ridiculously melodic and keep the pace of the record flowing seamlessly. I don’t know that I really have any problems with this as a record or with individual songs… anytime I would begin to question something, I was immediately hit with a melody or beat that made my previous question seem meaningless.
From it’s perfect title and cover art, to the music itself, Another Green World has made a record that hits all the right notes at the right times and serves as a solid foundation for the rest of his career. It’s difficult not to get excited for what he’ll do next… 9.5/10