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This Barnum, Colo.–based ensemble led by Ryan Policky and Gabriel Ratliff know exactly how to build the sonic temples that provide shelter for all those enamored with the beauty and dense mysteries of shoegaze. Their fourth album, The Silent Sunrise, is a massive-sounding outing that features explorations into sounds first heard in the works of The Cure and Sisters of Mercy. A Shoreline Dream take those techniques and expand them into full-on dream-state compositions that earned earlier comparisons to Sigur Ros, My Bloody Valentine, Ride, and Slowdive. Yet, comparisons are only made to help potential listeners find this heavenly but low-key ensemble. In essence, there's little else like this album. Gorgeous and seemingly endless layers of sound guide the beauty of “King of Your Castles,” “Twice Removed,” “Break It Again,” and “As the Cold Moves In.” Vocals often hide to varying degrees underneath the phased, chorused, and otherwise manipulated guitars. The only complaint? At just 43 minutes, this album could be twice as long, so soothing are its textures.


Formed: Denver, CO

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

The third in an ongoing line of similarly themed but not musically identical projects from the core duo of Ryan Policky and Gabriel Ratliff, A Shoreline Dream combines the epic sonic attack of post-rock outfits like Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Sigur Rós with the more pop-oriented and danceable feel of the classic shoegazer bands of the turn of the 1990s. The first band to feature the Denver-based Policky (vocals, guitars, and synthesizers) and Ratliff (drums) was the Radiohead-like art rock outfit...
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