A Dream Too Late – Intermission To The Moon
Record Label: Tooth and Nail Records
Release Date: November 6, 2007
Ambient rock has captured another prisoner that of A Dream Too Late. The band’s latest record Intermission To The Moon is a perfect adventure that satisfies people’s desire to stimulate their senses and their need to soothe their souls in melodic funnels. There is a slight pop-punk edge in their rhythms and new wave propulsions kicking the movements into gear like in “Trendsetter.” The album has relevance in what is happening now with lyrics like, “I want to change from the inside out,” from the song “The Life.” This album’s time is now.
The album has shots of melodic-pop and ambient climates circulating through “14th & Knott” and “Do You Believe (In Ghosts),” while other tracks have a deeper intensity like “City Park” and “Be Honest.” The title track is a sonic meteor shower of glittering keys played by the band’s keyboardist Garrett Pifer and their producer Steve Wilson. The twinkles in the starlight guitar effects of Kody Roth and band member Chris Eddie flicker rhythmically while tapered by the vocal inflections of lead singer Reid Anderson. The rhythm section of drummer Josh Shroy and the band’s producer Steve Wilson on bass guitar sustain an embracing throbbing, which acts as the glue that holds the frayed lines, glinting chords, and ambient passages together like in the power rock tune “Airsick.” The band takes the album to a coasting gait suspending gentle soundscapes that sparkle shyly along “A Night Polaris,” while intermittently disrupted by speeding gusts of movements running through the chorus parts. There is definitely a sense that Anderson captains these melodies and that the chord changes and rhythmic flow bends to his command.
A Dream Too Late made an album with enough ambient rock elements to make it pleasing and enough hard rock gusts to make it enticing. The album feels like an adventure well worth your time. Intermission To The Moon’s time is now with ambient piping and hard rock infused froths that have meaning in the present.