Here Their Dreams review by Alex Buckley of The Dwarf:
This is dejà vu music. It is the soundtrack to a half-forgotten dream or of a comfort that is new but not entirely unfamiliar. You couldn’t call any of the music songs so much as pieces, and I mean that in terms of their divisive nature. It would be foolish to listen to them one at a time, this is an album in the truest sense of the word – it is meant to be taken together.
Not that it matters where you start; the album is almost modal in its capacity to take the listener to different places based on where they begin, as well as their surroundings. One of the fascinating elements is the way the music morphs itself relative to its environment. Outside elements begin to mesh and mingle with the music: the swoosh of a car becomes a long, mournful glissando; the smell of incense becomes the music’s natural aroma. It becomes difficult to discern what is intentional from what is merely external influence.
The only musical constant of the album is the simple, purposeful guitar of Matt Davis, who is also the founding member of the Melbourne indie group, Gersey. In the style of an early Leonard Cohen album, there is a wilful abstinence from percussive instruments, but other sounds bubble to the fore as the music unfolds. Vibraphones, string sections and harpsichords meander their way across Davis’s rich sonic landscape.
For a sonic landscape is what this album resembles. Not with the despotic absolutism of Nine Inch Nails’ Ghosts I-IV either; Here Their Dreams is open ended and ambiguous, which is one of the record’s strengths. It is not that the music itself is so captivating, but the opposite. The background-music nature of the record makes it endearing because it absorbs so much of what is going on around it, and it accomplishes this without becoming dull to the point of losing interest altogether. Matt Davis has created a collection of music that is as multifaceted as it is aurally interesting. It evokes the atmosphere of a funeral and a morning spent at the park all at the same time.
released August 26, 2008
Confessional sample read by Richard Burton from Dylan Thomas' "Under Milk Wood". Taken from the BBC Audiobook CD "Under Milk Wood" and used with the permission of the BBC, and the Estates of Dylan Thomas and Richard Burton. (P) BBC 2008
Don Not Go Gentle sample read by Dylan Thomas and taken from Dylan Thomas Reading His Poetry, copyright (c) 1964 and 1991, Harper Collins Publishers.
Licensed to Youthful Chaos.
All songs by M except The Sun Will Set (M & Toby Martin) and Stories (M & Patrick Ryan). All songs published by Mushroom Music Publishing. Toby Martin appears courtesy of Ivy League Records.
All guitars, piano, harmoniums, accordions, vibraphones, glockenspiels and percussion by M except: Marlon Cook, guitar bed on Do Not Go Gentle. D. Bradie, guitars on April 29, The Sun Will Set and Do Not Go Gentle. Danny Tulen, drums on The Sun Will Set. Miles Browne, trumpet on The Sun Will Set. Patrick Ryan, bass and bells on Stories.
Recorded in the James Street flat, Northcote, Australia, and Les Récollets, Paris from April to July 2007. Mixed at Les Récollets in August 2007. Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE MAstering in Phoenix, Arizona.