If you haven’t heard of Dreamcolour, that’s probably because you don’t ride around in vehicles manufactured prior to the mid-1990s; all of their releases (with the exception of their latest) have so far been limited to cassette, with maybe a few download links located sparsely around the web, in places where only the most musically-inclined pirates congregate. If you have heard of Dreamcolour, well then… damn, maybe you should be writing this article. Or, maybe you’re just thinking of some completely irrelevant hybrid between the film companies, Dreamworks and Technicolor. Of course, such a hybrid wouldn’t be in the business of composing psychedelic and/or free improv music, which is why that particular thought would be irrelevant. Also irrelevant: “Dreamcolour” sounds like a spectacular name for a revised, exceedingly futuristic version of Hasbro’s Lite-Brite.
Relevant: Rob Magill and Alex Gray (a.k.a. Dreamcolour) have just released The History of Dreaming in Colour, their first album since 2010, available for digital purchase here. If I had to describe what I’m hearing right now with a single word, that word would be the polar opposite of “contrived.” I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether or not that’s a good thing, ultimately. Also, the production veers decidedly towards the “lo” end of the fidelity scale. A conscious choice with a creative purpose? I would assume so. It definitely adds to the improvisational angle.