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The Fire Tapes

Dream Travel

(Self-released; US: 22 Oct 2011; UK: 22 Oct 2011)

An engaging collection of genre-defiant songs.

The Fire Tapes’ Dream Travel is a record that is intent on not staying still. There are elements of shoegaze, folk, rock, pop, ambient and punk all swirled into this massive whole that will sound like a disjointed Bloc Party one second and an on-the-mark Sonic Youth the next. Thankfully the songs themselves are varied in approach, so both the band and the record never get too stale. Every track on Dream Travel either had me tapping my toes or really investing my attention. Any time that a band can get my attention so completely after as many listens as I’ve given Dream Travel, it’s worth noting.


While Dream Travel certainly isn’t a perfect record and feels a little lost in certain patches, the songs are strong enough on their own to elevate this to the top tier of my recommendations list. Expect more bands to follow suit in regards to this style and look for the Fire Tapes to spearhead that particular movement.

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Steven is a writer, musician, and filmmaker from Wisconsin who has spent his fair share of time in the entertainment trenches. He frequently contributes reviews and interviews to Playground Misnomer, which can be accessed here: http://www.playgroundmisnomer.com. You can follow him on Twitter: @unbusyinwi.


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