This album by Jason Bays’ trio displays an impressive sustainability, nicely retaining a consistent overarching sound and style. Vocally, frontman Bays evokes Robert Smith combined with the deliberately lazy delivery of Craig Nicholls at his most melodic and nostalgic. Indeed, The Vines partly describes the type of dreamy guitar rock The Spires aspire to create (minus that Australian band’s amp blowouts). Sonically, this album feels British in flavor, occasionally echoing the Cure and the Clash. Dreamconfusion opens with “Beautiful Cellophane” — melodic rock with ’60s British psychedelic punctuations and Hendrixian guitar solos. “Pretty Lonely in a Car” and “A Re-Creation of Everyday Life” are stellar extensions of that vibe. There’s a touch of Talking Heads in the melancholy informing “Big Blue Nothing.” The pounding percussion girding “Playing for Change in a World of Wonder” showcases Brook Dalton’s diverse drumming. Like a Hostess Twinkie, Dreamconfusion gets soft and creamy in the middle (dirge-y “A Boy Named Cloud”; “Future Perfect Home,” which overkills the dreaminess by layering Luke McAuliffe’s violin and a guitar solo straight from a Chris Isaak single). The album regains some momentum with “Tea With Demons,” “Time Zones,” the short, contemplative “Crashing Amp,” and the majestic, slow-burning “Losers,” determined to end on a trippy high.
Available at thespires.bandcamp.com