11.26.2014 — “Beautiful Kingdom” by Dreamcoat



If you only listen to one song today, make it “Beautiful Kingdom” by Dreamcoat (2014, from the “Beautiful Kingdom” standalone single”).

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:

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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