Hypnotized (LP)


Dream Police

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Amoeba Review

11/07/2014

Founding members of Brooklyn’s Indie Punk outfit The Men, Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi have found yet another outlet for their creative genre reinventing style. Dream Police is a kraut influenced, drum machine led, drone combo. The sound is repetitive, the noise is restrained, and it still f*cking rocks! At first glance Hypnotized seems like it should be a standard side project record. Members of a group that have gotten an itch to try a new sound that doesn’t fit under the moniker of their already successful band. However, Dream Police is not a side project. Therefore, any sonic discoveries that Mark and Nick (along with Kyle Keays-Hagerman) make in Hypnotized have nothing to do with pushing The Men out of their comfort zone. A serious plus because it allows for the drone of their new sound to maintain a familiar tone in the guitar work that just sounds like bitchin’ classic rock. With that touchstone in place, the record meanders through several genres. “Hypnotized” appropriately opens with a sparse Spacemen 3 guitar inspired drone with sweet guitar licks over the noise. When the drum machine kicks in about a minute into the record the noise seems to revitalize and take on a new shape. Track 3, “Iris,” lacks the pounding repetition of electronic drums. While it sort of feels like you have skipped on to a new record, the folk thrum of the lonely guitar strings keeps pace in an equally hypnotizing manner. Some highlight tracks: “Pouring Rain” and “All We Are” wrangle you in through shoe gazey post-punk that leave you ruminating. Whereas “Let It Be” moves at a smoother pace and illuminates the whole Kraut element with a heavy nod to Neu. And then there is “John” which is just a low down dirty blues jaunt. The record ends with “Sandy,” a beautifully mystifying duet with Holly Overton. Throughout Hypnotized the gears switch suddenly, the creativity is abundant and the sounds seem richer and more resonant than anything Perro and Chiericozzi have done before. Perhaps, due to the empty space left on the recordings? Whatever the reason, I want more.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Hypnotized
Dream Police
2.
My Mama's Dead
Dream Police
3.
Iris
Dream Police
4.
Pouring Rain
Dream Police
5.
All We Are
Dream Police
6.
John
Dream Police
7.
Let It Be
Dream Police
8.
Sandy
Dream Police

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