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The Dreaming Spires - Searching For The Supertruth (Review)

The Dreaming Spires, Searching For The Supertruth

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3.5 out of 5

THE Dreaming Spires are brothers Robin and Joe Bennett and they look set to make quite a splash with their latest LP, Searching For The Supertruth.

A distinctive and diverse follow-up to their acclaimed debut Brothers In Brooklyn, this stretches the formula while also remaining anchored by the duo’s distinctive harmonies in the tradition of The Everly Brothers and The Byrds.

Hence, while the Americana narrative of the debut and recent EP Darkest Before The Dawn is still to be found on tracks like enjoyable album opener Still Believe in You and the out-and-out highlight Strange Glue, the LP also reaches out into new psychedelic realms and is filled with grand strings, strange poetry and backwards guitars (as evidence during the opening of title track Searching For The Supertruth).

What’s more, it further boasts some impressive input from guest musicians including Sarah Cracknell (St Etienne), Tony Poole (Starry Eyed & Laughing), Jackie Oates, Nick Holton (Black Hearted Brother) and “Free Jazz” Geoff Widdowson (Danny and the Champions of the World). Regular live guitarist Nick Fowler (also of Gaz Coombes’ band) contributes guitar to many tracks too.

So, what of the music itself? It’s positively shot through with classic influences, whether it’s the easily identifiable likes of The Byrds and The Eagles to The Kinks.

Personal favourite Strange Glue is particularly Kinks-like early on, courtesy of its incessantly toe-tapping percussion and cute melodies. It’s a belter of a song that can’t fail to put a smile on your face.

But it’s surrounded by other fine moments too. Searching For The Supertruth is another favourite, courtesy of its backward guitars, while the laidback pianos and drifting, road-trip ready country-rock of Easy Rider is sure to strike a chord with fans of The Eagles and the hazy days of the ’70s.

We Used To Have Parties drops a melancholy opening hook that’s vaguely reminiscent of REM’s Everybody Hurts before drifting into something of its own, and is another example of how The Dreaming Spires can beguile with slow-burners.

But they are arguably at their brightest and most accessible when keeping the melodies chiming and upbeat, as further underlined by two more highlights: the breezy If I Didn’t Know You (which keeps things shiny in spite of its bittersweet lyrics), and the organ-heavy, playfully subversive When The Magic Comes, which again drops another fine chorus.

It’s almost a shame that they decide to end the album on a more serene note, So Pretty, when something more lively would have ensured a bigger high.

But minor gripes aside, The Dreaming Spires have delivered a really good second album that should deservedly win them even more friends to match their growing acclaim.

Download picks: Strange Glue, Searching For The Supertruth, If I Didn’t Know You, When The Magic Comes

Track listing:

  1. I Still Believe In You
  2. All Kinds of People
  3. Searching For The Supertruth
  4. Strange Glue
  5. Easy Rider
  6. Dusty in Memphis
  7. We Used To Have Parties
  8. If I Didn’t Know You
  9. When The Magic Comes
  10. So Pretty