Dream Phases – “Summer Daze”

Los Angeles-based group Dream Phases conjure a sound steeped in classic ’60s and ’70s influence, with elements of soul and country mingling with modern pop sensibilities for a melodic cohesion of the past and present. The result is something that recalls the swaying, hypnotic melodies of┬ávintage psych-folk and rock, with a contemporary pop charm akin to a more stoned New Pornographers and Destroyer. Fronted by Brandon Graham, Dream Phases dropped their debut EP, Maybe Tomorrow, on Lolipop Records in March, recorded and produced by Graham alongside Jason Quever (Papercuts, Cass McCombs) and Joel Jerome. “Only You” and “Summer Daze” are two particular highlights from the release, both showing an expert maneuvering between infectious rock distortion and more gentle, psych-friendly melodies. Swirling guitar twangs and tripped-out vocals are common sounds throughout, with this warm take on nostalgic rock succeeding on all fronts.

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