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Fever Dream‘s debut LP ‘Moyamoya’ is out now via Club AC30. The London-based act serve up fuzz filled rockers, and frenetic noise pop with a post-punk edge (stream via Beat). The lead singles ‘Serotonin Hit’ and ‘Nightcrawling’ are loads of fun, with bold choruses, poppy vocals and wall of sound distortion. The trio (drummer Cat Loye, bassist Sarah Lippett and guitarist/vocalist Adey Fleet) have been making music together since 2010, releasing an EP in 2012 before writing their full length.

‘Moyamoya’ doesn’t settle for any one genre. Sure it’s a rock record, but it doesn’t attempt to fit in. This is not a purist experience, which is a positive because it doesn’t stick to a formula. There’s shades of noise pop/shoegaze in ‘Sleep TV’ and ‘Serotonin Hit’, a punk rock pace in ‘Flux’ and ‘Watch You Sleep’. But a catchy indie rock feel prevails, such as ‘They Live’, ‘Dance Forever’ and ‘Vapours’. The album sounds like it was written for the stage. ‘Moyamoya’ doesn’t rely on studio trickery or high gloss, it’s a band rockin’ out in a room. Simple, no fuss, rock n’ roll.

The two singles are definite highlights, the remaining album cuts are a little less tightly composed but could be compared to The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Yuck or early Crocodiles. In truth, the midsection laboured a little for me before ‘Sleep TV’ swept in. It’s a fantastic rocker with a natural feel, and a killer ending. ‘Flux’ and ‘Vapours’ round out the ten track album with relentless fashion, both songs are strong entries. Fever Dream find their feet on ‘Moyamoya’, and I imagine it will sound amazing on tour. A solid debut effort.

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Fever Dream - 'Moyamoya'
  • High energy, fun noise pop
  • Diverse collection of styles
  • A solid debut
  • Mid section loses steam
3.7Overall Score
Reader Rating: (11 Votes)

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