In a world of division and unrest there are music projects that shine through and remind listeners that it’s okay to want to escape. Fever Dream is one such album.
In their aptly named third studio effort, LA-based pop band Cannons flits casually between synth pop, dream pop, and psychedelic pop with ease. “Come Alive”, the accurately named psychedelic opening track, transports listeners into a dream world, modeled after sunny Southern California, where love is not just directly within our grasp, it’s law. The dream world is timeless, with sounds of the 60s, 70s, and 80s to show for it, while simultaneously managing to take listeners on a journey through time.
Leading lady Michelle Joy’s vocals are both angelic and eerie in their ability to entice listeners like a siren beckoning her prey into a fantasy along the sunny shores. While she does remain within a very comfortable vocal zone, the range of sound with which the album manages to experiment makes up for any monotony.
In a world constantly wrought with issues there’s music that reminds us to smile and that dreams are not just for sleeping. With standout tracks “Come Alive”, “Hurricane”, and “Bad Dream”, Fever Dream is pop escapism at its finest.
SPILL ALBUM REVIEW: CANNONS – FEVER DREAM