MUSIC: Jello Biafra on the 'Dot Com Holocaust' and 'White People and the Damage Done.' Plus, new band Yassou Benedict delivers shoegaze dreampop.
Led by Bytheway-Hoy's dramatic, high-ranging vocals, and unconventional song structures (like shifting time signatures) In Fits in Dreams also features guest vocals by Hole's Melissa Auf Der Maur on track "Cloisters."
The subtle beats and rolling vocals of "Cloisters" feels like a doomed march toward the unknown, while closer "Last Cicada" ventures more into Radiohead In Rainbows territory (the band has been known to cover "Jigsaw Falling Into Place"). There's also the church-like pop hymn of "Back Roads that Dead End," which begins as an anxious vocal solo with faraway chimes, the beats and guitars slowing filtering in.
It's surely been noted elsewhere on the blogosphere, but there's something strangely seductive within Yassou Benedict, which I mention to Jackson. "I am not sure why that is. If we are making people feel, whether it is the desire to make love, or children or anything else, than we are succeeding. It is kind of strange though. Our music is fairly depressing. Now I'm just imaging people holding each other and crying while they listen. Lilie's voice probably has a lot to do with that." Bytheway-Hoy's voice is indeed both haunting and captivating.
There's also a cinematic quality to In Fits in Dreams, likely driven by that high emotional tug. Given the soundtrack capabilities, I asked Jackson what type of film would best be suited to Yassou Benedict and he picked a future Wes Anderson film, also noting that a dream opening slot would be an imaginary Radiohead show in an intimate venue (no arenas!).
While the record was recorded and produced back in Hudson, NY (with Steve Durand at Dioramaland Studios), the band is touring on it from its new homebase in the Bay.
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