Dreamers of the Ghetto
Dreamers of the Ghetto, a Bloomington band consisting of bassist Luke Jones, his guitarist brother, Jonathan, Luke’s keyboard-playing wife, Lauren, and Marty Sprowles (EDM) on drums, combine to create a hauntingly eclectic, yet accessible sound on their full-length debut, Enemy/Lover. The record truly captures both roles — enemy and lover — throughout its 10 tracks.
Every track on this auspicious debut has the propensity to seep into the consciousness, all offering a sort of crepuscular candy for the ears.
The instrumentals “Antenna” and “Crime Scene” evoke fathomless longing through electronic soundscapes. “Regulator” is a tuneful, steady rocker, but the mournful organ underpinning “Always” adds much to its moody tone. Both “Night Hawks” and “Tether” are phantasmal with coarse guitar effects.
If there’s any highlight that conjures nostalgia, it’s the ’80s electronic influences on “Phone Call.” Even so, it’s updated for the present, not a carbon copy of the past. The same can said, really, for all of Enemy/Lover. This is music for people who prefer sitting in the corner of the club.
Hear: "Tether" from Enemy/Lover (via Temporary Residence)