Dreamchild | Sleeping Flowers, Severed, Scream of Slaughter

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Sleeping Flowers, Severed, Scream of Slaughter

by Dreamchild

Music of Ethereal Nightmares and Fever Dreams - atmospheric, dramatic and cinematic, black cabaret
Genre: Rock: Goth
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1. Darkness Tide
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2. The Enchanted Valleys
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3. In Bedlam
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4. Weeping Willow
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5. Mon Coeur S\'Ouvre A Ta Voix
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6. Melusina
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7. Weaving The Spell
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8. Ave Maria
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9. Sluagh
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10. All The Perfumes of Arabia
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11. What Lizzie Took
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12. Bluebeard\'s Wife
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13. Twilight
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14. The Convergence of the Twain
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15. Après Moi, Le Dèluge
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16. Here Comes the Flood
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17. Après Moi, Le Dèluge (Reprise)
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18. Etain\'s Song
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19. Je Crois Entendre Encore
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20. The Nightclub Singer
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21. Alcoba Azul
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22. You Fear My Touch (Come Feel My Touch)
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23. Delerium Apples
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24. Bela Lugosi\'s Dead
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Album Notes
Dreamchild (Frank Gerace and Cheryl Wanner) creates images for your ears. This is tone poetry with a sometimes sharp, modern edge: moody, aery and eerie - and often dark.

These sounds, by voice and instrument, wash over you with an almost cinematic vividness, taking you places known and unknown. Dreamchild plays a soundtrack to your ethereal nightmares and fever dreams.

On this brand-new two disc release, Dreamchild invites you on an unexpected journey. This dark trip is possibly harrowing, often enthralling and always wildly dramatic, amply daubed with gore. Meet murderous & dangerous women, intoning seductive and sinister soliloquies. Experience unbridled madness, wistful melancholy, and impassioned, operatic decadence...all awash in mesmeric and scintillating soundscapes.

Take the twisted, black iron key in your trembling hand – then open and enter this theatre of blood.

As Oscar Wilde quipped, “Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess”. In light of this, reviewers are reacting to Dreamchild’s latest, 2-disc epic release, Sleeping Flowers, Severed, Scream of Flowers, and to the band’s contribution to the Sky So Grey compilation. Some are seductively lured by mesmeric and sirenesque sounds; other are made uncomfortable & unnerved, as might by expected with la musique macabre du Grand Guignol! Read on, if you dare, to hear what people are saying thus far about Dreamchild’s latest release on Absinthe Soundworks:

From Metronome Magazine, April 2009 by Douglas Sloan
(Dreamchild’s Sleeping Flowers, Severed, Scream of Slaughter is in Doug’s Top 5 for April 2009):

“This is a monumental 2-CD undertaking offered up by the omnicreative minds of songwriters Cheryl Wanner and Frank Gerace. In order to process this much music and ambiant [sic] sounds, I invited over a harem of friends for a wintry weekend to experience Dreamchild first hand. While we relaxed on couches in various states of mental bliss, Dreamchild seeped into our psyches like oxygen being pumped into our lungs. Subtle, ethereal, wild and spacial, Gerace and Wanner proceeded to manipulate our aural senses in morbid and mysterious ways, while gently bending our individual states of mind and reality. It reminded us listeners of the first time we heard Pink Floyd while stoned out of our heads on angel dust. It was cool...really cool. That’s what you get from Dreamchild...an aural, out-of-body experience that could resemble dreams or nightmares, depending on how squeamish of heart you tend to be. But no matter how you construe Dreamchild’s musical message, there’s no denying the commitment to their art and music that they aspire to and manage so mystically to create. Bravo Dreamchild! You have achieved musical bliss. Pass me another doobie will ya!”

Frank & Cheryl of Dreamchild would strongly suggest imbibing a glass of absinthe, in lieu of the afore-mentioned illicit substance (after all, one is now allowed to procure La Fée Verte with impunity yet again!).

From The Noise, Issue 290, April 2009 by Michael Bloom

“Lotta good stuff on Dreamchild’s fourth release, especially the songs with prominent literary and historical references. “You Fear My Touch,” based on Homer’s tale of Ulysses’ encounter with Circe, features Frank Gerace’s choppiest guitar while Cheryl Wanner channels her maximal witchiness. The vocal line in “Bluebeard’s Wife” sounds like it comes from the same bizarre medieval tradition as the story. The stacked and looped voices in “All the Perfumes of Arabia” and “In Bedlam” point to an entirely novel concept of rock drama. And the studio version of their setting of “Ave Maria” adds a lovely new organ line.
Nonetheless, this is yet another of the many double CDs that might have benefited from editing down to one disc. The pacing is frankly uncomfortable, with too many tunes with the minor second and/or augmented fifth stacked up in a harmonic holding pattern. The two discs appropriately climax at their ends, with the mannered brutality (and gargantuan synth guitar orchestration) of “What Lizzie Took” on the first (disclaimer: this writer suggested the Lizzie Borden narrative to the band), and the encore-worthy cover of “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” on the second. Still, too few of the songs unmentioned above have impressed this listener with their own identities.”

A tincture of laudanum has been known to calm discomfort...

As for Sky So Grey (A Boston Dark Music Compilation) on Decorative Records:

From The Noise, Issue 290, April 2009 by Julia R DeStefano

“If you were unable to tell by the title and album art, Sky So Grey is well, melancholic. As a Boston Dark Music Compilation, the album spotlights a loose-affiliation of musicians. From solo artists to bands, acoustic to synthesizer-driven—all are within the realm of 1999-2008. The opener, Amber Spyglass’s “Harmonic Tale,” blends dreary psychedelia with ghostly folk elements. As the disc progresses, heavy, industrialized rock is seen throughout Seven Sunless Days’ “Last Breath,” while stringed instruments accompany the Milling Gowns’ “Fist Wings Following.” Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys haunt with their acoustically adventurous “Viktagraph” and Dreamchild’s “Ave Maria” is positively nightmarish. If the goal of Decorative Records was to release a demented, horrific collection of songs, then they have met it. Although the compilation was not to my taste, it is certainly indicative of the Boston scene’s vast, ever-growing talent.”

Ah yes...to borrow a phrase from John Boorman’s Excalibur: “A dream to some...a NIGHTMARE TO OTHERS!”.

Finally, another online Italian review of Sky So Grey is lengthy enough that there is, alas, insufficient space to place it here in its entirety (plus, it is in untranslated Italian!). So...the response to Dreamchild’s “Ave Maria” can be found below (rather roughly translated!):

From Darkroom Magazine, April 2009 by Nicola Tenani

“...Baroque instead, “Ave Maria” by Dreamchild: Italian heritage is honored in the memory of ancient Cimarosa and Pergolesi in a triumph of Renaissance religious aesthetics. . The voice declaims, singing without too much pronunciation the lyric of the text, creating a small symphonic movement slowly, and everything is exalted from the entrance of the organ.”



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rob byrd

this amazing new album by dreamchild will provide haunting and gorgeously greyscaled soundtracks to your darkest and deepest mind-rambles... the full sonic spectrum is represented, from the calm and beautiful to the unhinged and tempestuous.