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Album Review

Dream Window is Orange Cake Mix's best album to date. All of OCM's albums sound more or less the same, but what sets Dream Window apart is its higher production values and more deliberate, craftsmanlike construction. "When Summer Returns" is the kind of instrumental that Jim Rao can probably write in his sleep, but "Revelation at 3:33 A.M." is a real pop song, and one of his bet yet. In fact, there are a number of strong songs here, and this album earns Orange Cake Mix's comparisons to the Magnetic Fields. Whether this music is revered as wimpy dream pop or lo-fi twee, Dream Window achieves the most successful balance between the two, although if Rao moves in too much more of a professional direction he might risk losing his home-tapers niche.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Orange Cake Mix is the nom de plume of Connecticut resident Jim Rao. A prolific singer/songwriter, Rao began scribbling lyrics and humming his own melodies as a child; in the early '90s, Rao started recording his compositions on cassettes. Rao thought of the name Orange Cake Mix while stocking shelves in a supermarket. In June 1995, Rao released his first album, More Mellow Hits. True to its appellation, More Mellow Hits was a collection of acoustic pop inspired by the '70s soft rock of Bread and...
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