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Outside In - EP Review: The Nature of Dreams

22 Dec 2015 // A review by Andrew Smit

A 5-song EP that is wonderfully alive with a cool mystical sound that is a stimulating mix of modern and traditional music styles. Kicking off with the dreamy electric pop song Sophie’s Ghost with its shimmering guitar and synth, providing an atmospheric sound set to a pulsating beat, and the melodic vocals have just a hint of effect that sounds just right and caps off an impressive trip.

The next 4 songs are brilliant transcendent ballads, each with heartfelt singing from lead vocalist Mikey Brown, each have powerful melodies, and are all set to an earthy mix of piano and keys with jazz like drums and bass. Mikey’s vocal performance in Waterfalls is breath-taking and provides a brilliant contrast to the simple piano arrangement, the song builds until its bursts like a waterfall of sound that fills your senses with dramatic energy and colour.

In summary The Nature of Dreams is an impressive EP that shows a breadth of creativity and character that is rare in this Pop or Rock world and well worth checking out.

 

About Outside In

Auckland prog-rockers Outside In invite you on an engrossing journey through a spectrum of emotions and sounds – from intense grit, gloom and poignancy to potent and climatic psychedelic euphoria.

Outside In have a great future ahead of them. Hopefully this album gains notice outside New Zealand – something many great Kiwi bands have struggled to do. Kia kaha, Outside In – karawhiua!
Rating: 9.5/10
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Releases

Karmatrain
Year: 2020
Type: Album
The Nature of Dreams
Year: 2015
Type: EP

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