Albums, Music, The Revue — November 27, 2017 at 5:10 am

Steve Buscemi’s Dreamy Eyes – ‘Four Waters’ (EP review)

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A few may giggle when seeing the name Steve Buscemi’s Dreamy Eyes and think are likely some emo or punk band. The Stockholm-based quartet’s music, however, is nothing to laugh about. In the year they’ve been releasing material, Steve Buscemi’s Dreamy Eyes have firmly established themselves as one of indie-pop’s most promising outfits. They’ve demonstrated in their young career tremendous range – from the anthemic “Closer” to the sultry “Dreaming of You”. Their debut EP, Four Waters, see the band further extend themselves and tread through new musical currents.

Four Waters is an incredibly enthralling and lush output, and the EP’s title is the perfect analogy for life. Not simply life on Earth, but the multiple phases of our growth. Of our maturation as seen through the four phases of life. It all begins with a “Dive”. The song commences with a dreamy soundscape highlighted by front woman Siri Sjöberg’s heavenly vocals, who takes us on a journey of endless possibilities. As the track progresses, it transforms into an exhilarating experience, as the instrumentation and Sjöberg’s voice develop into a wonderful wall of sound.

A beautifully dark and engrossing dreamscape is created on “Always”, which at its most climatic point reaches spellbinding levels. Sjöberg‘s voice once again appears intimate before rising into a mesmerizing aria, as she reveals her desire to be heard:

“I start doubting my future.
I hold my breath
To give a little help.
I can’t do nothing else, so I start singing.”

Sjöberg shares the spotlight with guitarist Elias Mahfoud, whose voice is akin to The xx’s Oliver Sim. The interplay between the two on this brooding dream-pop number is fascinating, as Mahfoud’s sings introspectively about the decisions he and someone dear have made while Sjöberg moves between being his conscious and that other person.

It is on “Swim Deep”, however, where the band deliver their most stunning number. Sjöberg’s vocals are heavenly and intoxicating, and her lyrics, likewise, are absorbing, as she captures our feelings of wanting to disappear into the abyss when things go wrong. The instrumentation, led by Mahfoud’s crystalline guitar and Tilde Hansen’s probing bass line, is perfectly executed, creating an urgent atmosphere that feels like a distant memory brought back to live. “Swim Deep” is an example of how music can move and enrapture us at the same time. Meanwhile, Four Waters is an illustration of the sonic genius of the little band with the great name, who in less than a year continue to leave us speechless with their music.

Four Waters is out now via Rama Lama Records. Purchase the vinyl at the label’s store or get/stream it at one of the usual sites.

Steve Buscemi’s Dreamy Eyes consist of Edvin Arleskär (drums), Tilde Hansen (vocals/bass), Siri Sjöberg (vocals/synth), and Elias Mahfoud (guitar/vocals).

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