After looking around a wee bit, I’m left confused as Exclaim wrote about a full stream of Dream Magic back in January, but I suppose it’s just now getting a release on a label (that label being Paper Bag Records)? The minimalist cover was foregone for something vast and somewhat hazy. The single that Paper Bag seem to have been pushing is the last song of the album, “Anthem.” While it is a solid song, I don’t believe it was the best one to represent what the album is – it seems the tracks outside of the closer are far more intertwined with electronics/effects/80s synth-pop elements complete with roaring saxophone on “Start Over Again.” What would I call this? A happy medium between Cat Power, DIANA and Enya perhaps. “Start Over Again” definitely dips in to the twinkling 80s the most. At seven tracks, Yorke foregoes any filler on an interesting debut. Listen to the stream of Dream Magic below via SoundCloud and her Paper Bag Session via the YouTube video and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

AVAILABLE ON LIMITED EDITION BLUE VINYL (W/ DOWNLOAD CARD INCLUDED) OR CD ON OCTOBER 30TH, 2015

Armed with a strong musical vision and unafraid of bold sonic choices, Alana Yorke steers her music deftly between sparkly synth-pop, grand cinematic gestures, and stripped-down intimacy. With dream-like vocals and a minimalist piano style, Alana Yorke combines irresistible hooks and captivating rhythmic patterns to draw listeners into her hypnotic and beautiful world. Raised on mid-80’s synth-pop (Kate Bush, Gowan, Enya) and standing on the shoulders of musical visionaries from Philip Glass to Beach House, Yorke is poised to emerge as an exciting new voice in Canadian independent music.

TRACK LISTING:
1. THE WICHITA YEARS
2. START OVER AGAIN
3. SONG OF THE PIANO MAN
4. TONIGHT
5. TIME REVISITED
6. FORBIDDEN/HIDDEN MAN
7. ANTHEM

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