After some of the darker stuff we’ve reviewed on this site, I figured I should review something more upbeat and positive. But what and who to review? That’s obvious. I’m going to be reviewing the praised “Electric Isle EP” by the one, the only, Dream Fiend. Jay Babinall is the man behind the Dream Fiend project, as well as one half of the music duo named STARBOUND with the other half belonging to Killstarr himself. He’s released a few singles, done collaborations with the likes of Mythical Vigilante, and done a lot of remixes for guys like Abelard, Droid Bishop, nanobii, A-Trak, and Diamond Field. After much teasing, his debut ep released on April 20th. Let’s take a peek at it.
The title track “Electric Isle” is also the first track on the album, and what a way to kick off a joyous adventure through an electric solar system. It’s melody is easy to get into and groove around, the rhythm is undeniably 80’s in tone, and the imagery levels are off the charts. I can imagine a whole bunch of things listening to this song, or this album for that matter. There’s so much to enjoy here that its hard not to get sucked in. “Night Flight” continues the adventures of Dream Fiend through the superstar world he’s created with his own music. This one is more fast-paced and pop-like, it’s happy and carefree. The main thing I imagine listening to this album is actually the Cartoon Network TV show “Steven Universe”. With its happy animation and cool adventures, its easy to see the two as one. Sorry for the shameless plug, lets continue on.
“Morning Light” is the third track, and the grooviest little tune you’ve ever done spun. I found myself just spinning around and dancing like a silly goose listening to it, its a fun time. The lyrics sung by Dream Fiend himself makes the track much more fun, and the backing vocals by Matt Kwid make it more unique and original, this is more of an adventure than most adventurous kids films nowadays. “My Electric Heart” has to be my favorite song on this album, no joke. The vocoder-sung lyrics, the classic 80’s pop vibrations, its so bouncy and bubbly. I’d totally fly around in space to this. Who needs a helmet when I’ve got wings and a rainbow trail?
“Indigo” follows up the pop feelings of the previous two tracks with a more chill and relaxed tone. It’s like an interlude track, but with more feeling and length. It’s like an instrumental version of a classic slow jam, its more relaxing to hear when its early morning or just turning dusk. It’s better to look up at the sky with songs like this, the stars hold our future. “Joyride” takes me somewhere unexpected: the video game OutRun, it sounds so much like a cut song from SEGA’s classic driving game. I’d be driving through Miami, right into Greece, then right to Japan, all while jamming right out to this classic tune, my second favorite on the album. “Plateau” is the last song on the EP, and its the slowest song and yet the most uplifting song. Although our journey might be at a sad close, the memories we shared and the feelings we had will never go away, they’re up there in the stars, waiting to be discovered once more again. Thanks, Dream Fiend.