Life’s Forgotten Dream review

Reviewed by Mark Barton here:

Latest from the much admired Small Bear sound shed of whom I must admit, have either been very quiet this year or else their email updates have disappeared into some hitherto undiscovered folder I’m yet to accidentally trip over.

This is a tinsel tied twin set from Simon Waldram entitled ‘life’s forgotten dream’ here in both its optional dark and light variants. Passively psych-y, the more radiant selection here features the ethereal choral caress of Emzae on guest vocals, stilled in a majestic framing and kissed with a hazing dream drifted haloing, this slice of frost tipped twilight toned hushed intimacy is ghosted with the kind of woozy magic land mercurial whereupon peering through its shadowy apertures both Keith Seatman and Nick Nicely emerge into clear focus as points of reference as were under the guiding influence of a late 70’s era Peter Gabriel.

It’s all hauntingly beautiful, much like a nightly visitation, irresistibly beguiling. Over to the flip the same track though rephrased on this occasion as the ominous sounding ‘many elephants dark drone mix’.

Not quite the unsettling eerie you might have expected, instead something emerges here that’s more in tone to those very excellent A Year in the Country accounts, stripped to its barest essential, its assumes a dark hymnal aura whose monochrome hollowed echo draws deep from the shadow lands of Paul Roland. 

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  1. Life's Forgotten Dream [feat. Emzae] Simon Waldram 3:42
  2. Resenah [feat. Emzae] Simon Waldram 3:03
  3. Inside Out Simon Waldram 3:44
  4. Revolution Summer Simon Waldram 3:06
  5. Aim For Me Simon Waldram 2:38
  6. Colliding Circles Simon Waldram 3:14
  7. Thermal Girl Simon Waldram 3:12
  8. Corte Sus Neumanticos Simon Waldram 2:55