Sunday, 8 September 2013

Dot Dash "Half Remembered Dream" New Album Out Now

"Half-Remembered Dream" is the third Dot Dash album released in less than two years. This follows 2012's "Winter Garden Light and "spark>flame>ember>ash" which was released in September 2011, all on The Beautiful Music, the Ottawa based indie label that has been issuing underground pop records for more than 10 years. For the new album the Washington D.C. based quartet traveled north to neighboring Baltimore, where "Half-Remembered Dream" was recorded at Lord Baltimore Studios. As before, there’s a persistent thread of melancholy running through Dot Dash’s ringing, intense, melodic pop, but it takes on a variety of forms. Amidst jangling, wistful guitars, contrasted by often thunderous bass and drums, "Half-Remembered Dream" is, by turns, energetic, plaintive, and punky. Dot Dash play live frequently and has shared recent bills with Ash, The Drums, The Bats, The Monochrome Set, and Glen Matlock, among many others. I think this is my favourite of the three Dot Dash albums and I would thoroughly recommend it for lovers of intelligent, melodic and emotional guitar music. They have echoes of that wonderful late seventies/early eighties period of The Cure, Psychedelic Furs and Wire but mixed up with the beautifully textured and intricate guitar work of early R.E.M., Dream Syndicate and Long Ryders.

The Band line-up is: Terry Banks – guitar & voice; Bill Crandall – guitar; Hunter Bennett – bass; Danny Ingram – drums. "Half-Remembered Dream" is available as a CD directly from The Beautiful Music’s PayPal-enabled ordering site at and is also available as a download via iTunes, Bandcamp, eMusic, and Amazon. You can check out more info on Dot Dash at their official Facebook page here:

Here's a taster from the album and the great opening track "(Here's to) The Ghosts of The Past"...

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