Dreamcoat is an indie rock/folk quartet from Melbourne. They released this single back in September via Blank Tape Records, and they’re set to start recording their debut EP sometime early in the new year.
I know nothing about this band, but I got something in the mail bag promising that Dreamcoat’s style has “elements of shoegaze, folk, post-rock, and indie-pop”. I love those genres, so I was naturally quite intrigued by that.
I wouldn’t say that this song has any elements of shoegaze or post-rock, but I’m not disappointed in any way. I like it a lot. I’m not the first and I won’t be the last to say that this song is really really reminiscent of Grizzly Bear. Part of it is that Dreamcoat vocalist Kieran Ebert sings a lot like Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste. Part of it is the drumming. Part of it is the guitar work. It’s the whole thing. It’s a lot like Grizzly Bear. In case you missed it, Shields was my second favorite album of 2012, so being compared to Grizzly Bear is a very good thing.
This is that song.
“Beautiful Kingdom” by Dreamcoat
There’s actually a couple of bits where Ebert reminds me of Jeff Buckley. At the end of each vocal line when there’s a little drum fill, and everything gets a little louder. Reminds me of Buckley in the chorus of “So Real”.
I liked the song right away, and apart from the things I’ve already mentioned, I was drawn to the line in the chorus. I can’t make the whole thing out but I get
I flew to the moon just to drown in your (??)
I have no idea what that last word is, but it’s a cool line anyway. Hopelessly romantic.
This is another one of those songs that I like more and more after repeated back-to-back listens. It’s gonna stick with me for a little while. I hope the rest of the forthcoming EP is this good.
If you happen to live in the Melbourne area, Dreamcoat will be playing a single release party this Sunday night at The Gasometer. That’s ten thousand miles from me, so it’s extremely unlikely that I’ll be there.
For extra credit, here’s the video: