When I get an album one of the first things I look at is who produced and engineered it. Recently an album came across my email that sounded intriguing to me. Ross Robinson’s name was listed as the producer on the album. I’ve been a fan of a lot of the albums that Ross has done in the past. Specifically his work with Korn, At The Drive In, The Cure and a newer band Wild Throne. So needless to say my curiosity was peaked. The album I’m talking about is Soko’s new album My Dreams Dictate My Reality. This album is quite a departure from most of the stuff that I listen to, but it also was a nice change of pace. Soko’s album is soaked in early 80’s new wave influence, somewhat reminiscent of The Cure started out as. The first song on the album “I Come In Peace” has an almost electro Mazzy Star vibe to it, making it the perfect lead off song for the album. There are also moments when there are bits of post punk a la a Joy Division vibe especially on the title track. This is definitely something different to my ears, and it totally fits the alternative music climate that has taken over the radio waves today. If you are looking for an album chock full of early new wave sounds, this is one of those albums for you. Also on a side note, it’s nice to hear Ross Robinson spread his wings and show his versatility as a producer.
Soko: My Dreams Dictate My Reality-
By: Brian Lacy