Musicians Jeff Stonehouse and Alicia Merz both team-up again, returning to their moniker of Snoqualmie Falls with their new release ‘Dream Sequence’. The new album by the ambient duo is completely made up of one hour-long track titled ‘Dream Sequence’. The single track that makes up the whole album expresses some great new ideas from the duo, who expand upon their previous EP release of ‘Red Fire Dark EP’. For the most part of ‘Dream Sequence’, large droning elements dominate the tracks, pushing it through at a glacial speed, often coming into contact with a few experimental ideas here and there that really draws out a lot for the album experience.
‘Dream Sequence’ is in many ways an incredibly interesting album. The track isn’t made up of movements that many other bands do who produce long-form songs. The track is completely dominated by the most sparse and gentle of ambient drones, which pushes the track along very slowly. At times, we’re treated to a few little incidental moments that draw more into the song itself. Some moments include just a small passage of vocal styles, which adds an ethereal quality to the track itself, giving it so much more character than the droning aspects could provide. Fans of ambient music will find a lot to be enjoyed on this album, which conjures up a whole image based upon dream sequences for each listener, taking them on a journey through the imagination.
There’s a lot to enjoy on ‘Dream Sequence’, but despite the strengths the new recording has, there is still a small issue with the fact that the album itself is comprised of one track that is just shy of being an hour long in length. Whilst there is nothing inherently wrong with long recordings, it does mean that the album itself can be viewed as a bit of a challenge to listen to, as there are no breaks or pauses to ease the song up a little bit. That being said though, ‘Dream Sequence’ does also work well as one long-form track as it allows the listener to just sit back and let the recording take over in its own way.
Snoqualmie Falls seem to have taken a huge step forward with their latest recording, which expands upon the projects previous recordings in a very significant way. There’s a lot to be enjoyed here, which presents a very gentle and enjoyable ambient experience that is perhaps similar to some of Eluvium’s more lengthier recordings. ‘Dream Sequence’ is perhaps everything one would want in an ambient album, as it certainly manages to tick many of the boxes one might think of. Considering the brilliance of ‘Dream Sequence’ as an ambient album experience as well, it will certainly be interesting to see where the duo will take their project to in the future.
- ★★★★☆ 4/5
- Dream Sequence
Snoqualmie Falls’ latest album ‘Dream Sequence’ is set for release on 1st June 2014.