Porcupine Tree meets space rock by way of Sigur Rós .
Imagine a space-rock jam session with crystalline production. Avoiding The
Consequences is awash with layers of lush, ambient, spacey tones, and
atmospheric meandering that eschews the established norms of linear music, or
verse / chorus / verse. It starts with an eerie spacey choral sound, then a
heavily reverbed guitar takes the lead. A clean non-reverbed guitar slips
in a sweet little lick every now and again, and we're back to the big echoes ... and it's all very 'out there'. Not as spacey as a Hawkwind or an Ozrics,
though, and there are vocals
"Motherly Advice" and "Laying This One Down Now"
show how the voice doesn't need to dominate a song - you could call these pieces
all-instrumental tracks that include vocals. "Focus The Present" and "Love Is A Ghost In America" have a
Barrett-era Floyd or that early Porcupine Tree progressive vibe, while "Hook Echo" features
voice overlays of 2 way radio conversations and other sampled effects way back
in the mix, enhancing the ambient effects with a new-agey edge.
Avoiding The Consequences is the debut album for Denver-based A
Shoreline Dream, yet the quartet has been together for a decade and the depth of
their experience is apparent in their musicianship and songwriting. It's a
concept piece - or more accurately, it is strongly themed, attempting to convey
the need to break the shackles of society-imposed convention. A lofty idea
- but you're better off zoning out to the music, and letting A Shoreline Dream
provide the soundtrack to your daydreams.
1. Preludes (1:32)
2. Laying This One Down Now (3:20)
3. Saturday Morning (5:53)
4. Focus The Present (6:36)
5. Hook Echo (2:52)
6. Love Is A Ghost In America (5:16)
7. Peel You Open (4:25)
8. Intermissionary (1:08)
9. Motherly Advice (5:10)
13.The End (3:39)