February 8th, 2012 9:37am

You’ll Never Get It Back

Mr. Dream “Fatherland”

Mr. Dream’s second release is a slight curve ball, retaining the elemental appeal of their debut Trash Hit, while pushing the band beyond its early 90s reference points. “Fatherland,” the title track of the EP, is the most impressive in this respect, with its hefty bass lines giving structural support to guitar and percussion parts that shift, swing and pivot in often unexpected ways. It’s incredibly physical and dynamic music, and that feeling is amped up by Nick Sylvester’s production, which splits the difference between a dry, matter-of-fact bluntness and the subtle reverb of an accurate room sound. His drumming sounds especially good and powerful with this approach, which, along with other records co-produced by Spoon’s Jim Eno, suggests that more drummers should take charge in recording their own performances.

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