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Creeping Weeds
We Are All Part Of A Dream You're Having
(Hot Horse)

It's been awhile since I've heard a release as delightfully straightforward as We Are All Part Of A Dream You're Having. That's not to say that it's simple or bland, but as a reviewer who's constantly hearing all manner of electronic music, post rock, shoegaze, and just about everything else, sometimes it's nice to sit down to an album that makes no bones about being good old indie rock music. Comparisons to Modest Mouse, Built To Spill, and even Polvo come to mind, as Creeping Weeds have created a full length debut that sounds like it could have come out any time between the early 90s and now.

Following on the heels of an EP by the group, the full length takes a few more instrumental liberties and actually sounds the better for it. Opening track "Part Of A Dream" is just what you'd expect from a great introduction track as dreamlike, overlapping male and female vocal parts twine together with a piano melody that gracefully turns into sparse guitar notes towards the end. "Billy Pilgrim" follows, and it's here that the aforementioned Modest Mouse comparison seems particularly apt. After starting with a strummed acoustic guitar, the track layers in the rest of the instrumentation as peculiar, but evocative lyrics wrap around guitar-driven rock that's alternately crunchy and more playful.

"Eternity Is A Long Time" also has that upper-Northwest (even though the group is from Philly) indie rock glide as more layered guitars coil and spring nicely while being filled-out with analogue synth in places. In a couple places, they do veer from more traditional structures, and most of the times they pull it off nicely. "I Wanted To Live (Die)" plays things more loose and fun with acoustic guitar and lighter drumming (along with some subtle digeridoo). Just about the time you think the track is going to keep going with hand percussion and softer instrumentation, the group lets loose with a wail of scalding guitars that buries everything.

The rest of the album is filled out with everything from shorter instrumentals like the quad-guitar interplay of "Time-Lapse" to excellent songs like the seven-minute "Derelict." The latter is especially a highlight, swerving through three different sections of power pop that throws weird little bursts of everything from sitar to overdriven vocal passages into the mix. With plenty of hooks and only a couple unsteady songs, this is an excellent little debut album that's should appeal to fans of any of the bands mentioned above.

rating: 7.2510
Aaron Coleman 2007-02-22 21:06:52