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Vanishing Kids: Heavy Dreamer

Audiences have long been entertained by a miscellany of sleepwalkers, whether in films, novels, or short stories. One of the classic examples is probably the German Expressionist film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, but there are dozens, if not hundreds, of others. There’s a mysterious mood to these kinds of tales, one that has to do with the problem of being awake and asleep at the same time. Vanishing Kids builds on this mystery and this mood by calling their music somnambulic doom. As descriptions go, its pretty accurate. For those who need the specifics, the band blends components of shoegaze, fuzz, psychedelic music, doom, and occult rock. At times, you can hear various influences running through the music, but the band is never any one influence. Vanishing Kids has a sound that is all their own.

This is my first exposure to the band, and I’m glad to know about them. For those in the know, the band has been at it since the early 2000s. If this is the album that gives them wider exposure, then I wish them all the best. The band definitely has a unique sound and their music is consistently ethereal and mysterious in ways that I enjoyed. I especially liked the hypnotic qualities of the music. Vanishing Kids has a cool sound and I definitely think that it will appeal to fans of psychedelic doom. This isn’t riff heavy music, but it is still weighted down with mood, atmosphere, and the occasional blistering lead. Check out the leads in “Without a Sun” or “Reaper” for some pretty cool guitar work. Sure, you’ve heard things like it before, but who cares? If anything, these leads shouldn’t be in these songs, but they definitely help make this band interesting. At the risk of making too much out of the sleepwalker theme, this is music that that gathers all those weird falling-asleep thoughts and feelings and figures out how to express them in a cool, psychedelic, doomy, way.

On the whole, the album deserves a listen, if only to discover a new band (if you’re like me and haven’t heard of them before) and a paradoxically engaging, even if sleepy, sound. I liked “Creation,” “Reaper,” “Mockingbird,” and “Without a Sun” the most, but there’s plenty more to discover here. Enjoy!

Track Listing:
1. Creation
2. Heavy Dreamer
3. Without a Sun
4. Mockingbird
5. Eyes of Secrets
6. Reaper
7. Rainbows
8. Magnetic Magenta Blue

Added: December 4th 2018
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
Hits: 375
Language: english

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