Mp3: Wet Dreams Tries A Bit Too Hard

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Listening to Wet Dreams, a lo-fi synth heavy duo from Chicago, I felt a bit hesitant about the band’s sincerity. I couldn’t help but picture the group sitting around trying to think of ways to be super bizarre, as oppose to just letting it come naturally. Kind of like when you go to an art show and just know the artist made that really offensive/contrived installation because they thought it would get the most attention. Wet Dreams do offer a somewhat pleasing DIY sound on “TrollsWizardsand Fairy Kings”.  Singer Alison’s child-like voice works quite well on it because the lyrics seem to be a child’s stream of conscious ramblings. Some lines include “Birds that talk and fish that sing, the tiger’s paws are on my brain and hat, walking down chicago avenue”. Her voice and the pleasing refrain of “birds that talk and fish that sing” is the saving grace of the song since the background lo-fi recording of synth, while isn’t bad, just doesn’t offer much originality.

While the child-like wonderment of Alison’s voice worked on “TrollsWizardand Fairy Kings” it very much detracts on “Nun in the Window”, a song that can only be described as slightly creepy, and not in a good way. “I am the nun in the window, I spin your thread into god’s gold, I am with you always, I am watching.” Something about the way she executes the lyrics leaves an impression of it being manufactured and inorganic. It brings to mind a poor man’s version of a bad CocoRosie song.

The sound Wet Dreams appears to be attempting, (a hybrid of tribal, lo-fi, childlike wonderment) is defiantly worthwhile, but also done with more maturity and honesty by bands like Prince Rama, Gang Gang Dance, early CocoRosie, and yes, Animal Collective. Wet Dreams seems to still be a fairly young band and Rome wasn’t built in a day, so maybe after a bit more soul-searching they’ll return with something more true and less overdone.

By: Stephanie Glass

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