Mar 25, 2015

Alex Calder – Strange Dreams (2015)

Edmontonian and former Mac DeMarco collaborator Alex Calder‘s first album, Strange Dreams, extinguishes any parallels that one may try to draw between the two former Makeout Videotape members. In 2014, a year that saw DeMarco become the celebrated prankster of indie music, Calder was hard at work developing the lo-fi, psych-pop material for his debut record. The unique brand of guitar pop plastered across Strange Dreams’ 11 tracks is an impressive collage of experimentation, rock and pop influences.
The otherworldly Strange Dreams finds Calder muddling and elucidating sounds, at times audibly akin to a lens going in and out of focus. Wah-wah pedal guitar riffs, modulated synths and relaxed vocals cohere nicely, despite peculiar melodies and sharp guitar tones.

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