Made up of four improvised compositions recorded in one take at their Porto practice space, Dreamweapon have released their second full length, SOL.
|Portugalâ€™s Dreamweapon take their name from the 1990 Spacemen 3 live album â€˜Dreamweapon: An Evening of Contemporary Sitar Musicâ€™, who themselves took inspiration from the work of minimalist drone - or â€˜Dream Musicâ€™ - visionary La Monte Young and a 1965 multimedia piece titled â€˜Rites of The Dreamweaponâ€™ by original The Velvet Underground drummer Angus MacLise. Fast-forward to 2018 and Dreamweapon, the band, are continuing to keep the torch burning - perfectly embodying the timeless mantras of less is always more and psychedelia as constantly-evolving pastiche.
Made up of 10,000 Russos bassist Andre Couto, JoÃ£o Campos Costa and Edgar Moreira, Dreamweapon emerged in 2009 and have since gone on to release one EP, their debut S/T album and a handful of singles, whilst taking their immersive and unremitting live show around Europe.Â On â€˜SOLâ€™, whirrs of feedback and noise coalesce around droning, oscillating synths, samples and subtle cascading guitars, the only thing keeping the sparse soundscapes together being the incessant Krautrock rhythm with a seemingly endless motorik bassline that forces itâ€™s way right to the back of your unconscious and the almost proto-punk minimalism of those programmed drum machines.
Whilst youâ€™d be forgiven for thinking this is a â€˜darkâ€™ record, what makes SOL such a great album is that on each listen you scratch at the surface some more and uncover little subtle nuances that offer a faint glimmer of hope, like a light at the end of the tunnel â€“ such as the subtle jangling guitars or those moments where all the noise comes together just before the tracks end on a hum of feedback. Andre reveals this is all part of the plan:Â â€œâ€™SOLâ€™ - the Latin name for sun - marks the beginning of our â€˜solarâ€™ cycle. The next record, which is already in the works, will be a much more dark, lunar affairâ€
Talking of the creative approach behind â€˜SOLâ€™, Andre explains:Â â€œWe approached this album in a completely different way to our previous material. Firstly, we decided to record it ourselves which weâ€™ve never done before and this opened up a lot more freedom to experiment and secondly, itâ€™s our most truly-spontaneous record yet. We recorded the tracks live in one take as we all improvised over minimalistic drum-machine loops - this a real departure from the â€˜song-based musicâ€™ weâ€™re used to making.â€