9 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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About A Shoreline Dream

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 Pure Drama, which released two albums, 2001's On the Surface and 2003's Pure Drama. Following that second album, Pure Drama disbanded and Policky and Ratliff joined with Björk-like singer Sarah Marcogliese (formerly of Look Eye) to form the more downtempo and dance-oriented trio Drop the Fear. That group's sole album, 2004's Drop the Fear, was well reviewed, but the collaboration did not last. With Policky taking over lead vocals on his own for the first time, the duo added guitarist Erik Jeffries and bassist Enoc Torraca to form the more experimental A Shoreline Dream. The new group's self-titled debut EP, featuring four lengthy atmospheric bliss-outs, was released by the Latenight Weeknight label in May 2006. A full-length album, Avoiding the Consequences, followed in the early fall. ~ Stewart Mason

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