JOE SYMES & The Loving Kind Takes You To Sunny Places

Hey JOE SYMES & The Loving Kind is such a sweet surprise in this gloomy December. I think of Paul Weller (or Paul McCartney) when I hear the vocals. As for the music? It’s this fondness of The Smiths and The Sundays that gets rekindled when I hear their songs. Songs like Lovers Undercover , Ready to Ride, Happy When it Hurts among others, remind me of the best dream pop sounds of the late 80s. This is way before guitar effects took too much dominance. And oh yes, I hear The Beatles in them!

The debut self-titled album is a must-hear. It’s dreamy, textured and lyrically gratifying. I read a couple of reviews posted on their site and I agree with other listeners that everything works. The album cover tells you what to expect in terms of sound. They are also from Liverpool, the home of great music in the UK. They have  their official youtube channel which I am sure will be updated with more videos.

If you are feeling kind of down this month, I suggest you grab this album because it will make your world brighter. Music is therapy. It can be sad or happy. regardless of the style a beautiful tune and lift you up. And the main ingredient is always the hard work that a band can put in the recording of an album. And I think they put a lot in this one.  If you are looking for beautiful songs that take you to sunny places and better times, this is it!

You can buy the album by clicking this link to their official site:

Dream while drowning by Drowning Dreams


When stress hits, I just want to lie down and listen to a dreamy kind of music. I am perhaps a bit Gothic so I don’t really go for fluffy and happy sounds with the exception of Cocteau Twins. Drowning Dreams sound like a cool answer to one’s thirst for unique music. The guitars remind me a bit of old Cure, The Smiths and Bauhaus-and yes Cocteau Twins. There’s that jangly feel. But there’s also that laid back effects that tell you this is not a tired 80s dark wave rip off, but rather a style of its own that’s ever evolving. The music of Dream while drowning is a seascape of infinite bliss.

Upon few listens, you get that impression of swimming in cerulean seas of sonic meditation that remains unbroken until the last track. The seamless, diaphanous meshing and cavorting of sounds create that effect of being inside a womb. Drowning Dreams are a band emerging from Philadelphia’s burgeoning collective of independent artists called Patetico Recordings. The guys behind specialize  in lo-fi post rock, dreampop, shoegazer, electro-dreampop, nu-gaze, electropop, dreamy, psychedelic, slocore, indie rock, post rock, post punk, DIY, ethereal-name it, they got it.

You can tell that the tracks in Dream while drowning have undergone laser-like production technique. Such meticulous attention to sonic detail can be found in songs like Leave it All Behind where there’s this lengthy guitar instrumental at the end of the song(two and a half minutes). I like Sirens of Io because of the title and the arrangement. Man, the guitar style is enough to drive any Robin Guthrie and Liz Fraser fan drool.

I usually listen to this album late at night when I am trying to tone down the mood and imagine the ethereal guitars create light patterns on the ceiling. Yes, I listen to this to let the time pass until lids become heavy and Morpheus calls. There are more yummy tracks like To hell you opened the gates, Ipotane, Mephistopheles and a whole bunch. The titles just dance around my brain.

So if it is a Saturday night and you are staying home, push the time with this album. Who knows? Your subconscious might inspire you to do works of genius!