Psychic Dreams Album Review
Don’t ask me how it happened, because I’m not sure. I downloaded this album and when I put it on my phone to listen to it, the tracks got loaded in reverse order. I didn’t notice until after about four days of listening to it. Well, guess what? I listened to it in correct order and it didn’t really matter.
My Rocks Are Dreams is a pretty damned good record throughout, with none of the tracks falling flat. Starting off with a simple, but effective piano intro on “We Do Not Belong”, it soon jumps full-steam into melodic pop goodness. Will Schwartz, of Imperial Teen fame, has crafted some of the best pop songs I’ve heard in a while. They are not sugary, but they will get stuck in your head for days. His lyrics are sincere, but never seem to approach melancholy. Sounding a bit like John Samson of The Weakerthans, his voice could possibly be abrasive to some, but sweet and melodic to others. It adds a unique element to the songs, and in all seriousness, I believe it’s one of the most defining characteristics of Psychic Friend. The drumming is flawless, and the arrangements usually include piano or synth, and guitar.
I like to imagine that Mr. Schwartz was writing songs with the hipster that wouldn’t leave his bar-stool in mind. “We Do Not Belong” would certainly be the one to make you forget about getting your brand new tennies scuffed on the dance floor, and if the original wasn’t enough, the remix by Gliss will surely make it impossible to sit still. Also included is a remix of “Once A Servant” by YACHT. It is unclear whether these remixes were commissioned, or offered to Schwartz for inclusion in the album, but they are welcome none-the-less. Side note: My brother saw YACHT open for the Postal Service in Las Vegas and said that they were more entertaining than the headliner.
If you’re unfamiliar with Imperial Teen, like I was before listening to Psychic Friend, then it seems to be common knowledge that Mr. Schwartz is gay. I wasn’t even going to mention it, but the information I read when receiving the music made a point of mentioning it. My point is that had I not been privy to that information, it probably would have never crossed my mind. The songs are sometimes about love, but love as a nameless, faceless template for you to insert yourself into.
The write-up also indicated that it would be an album full of super-catchy, fun pop songs, and those are the only four words that needed to be said to make my ears perk up. Indeed, My Rocks Are Dreams is a well crafted album, full to the brim with dance-ables, whether you are at a cool club or just want to slow-dance with the one you love in your living room, Psychic Friend has got you covered.
Check out the album on iTunes: My Rocks Are Dreams – Psychic Friend