Dreamdayers – All Things Come

Hey, Whats That Sound?

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Format: CD
Label: Hey, Whats That Sound?
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Country: Australia
Year: 2003

Condition: New

Great CD!

01. Rescue Me 
02. Signs
03. The Hardest Words
04. Bury Me
05. I Can't Be Happy
06. Hold On
07. Gravity
08. Yesterday's Gone
09. The Grandfather Song
10. Elizabeth Smiles 
11. Goodbye

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The Dreamdayers - All Things Come. Stunning - a 2001 release by an Australian power pop band that would have been in my Top Ten list for last year if I had heard it two months sooner. This is as fine a debut album as I have encountered in a long, long time. The eleven tunes are well-crafted and the disc gets stronger with each song - until it reaches a Beatlesque ("It's All Too Much") psych/pop finale with "Goodbye". Along the way, songs like "Elizabeth Smiles" and "Yesterday's Gone" will have you convinced that you are listening to some of Nick Heyward's finest solo material. The original tunes jangle in all the right places, and the vocals are superb. The album's contents also remind me of classic Posies material and more recent songs by the Rumors. "The Hardest Words" also brings back fond memories of "Dream Of A Day" by the High Back Chairs. All Things Come is a timeless gem that will receive lots of play for years to come. Enough said!" "

Eric Sorensen (www.fufkin.com)

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"Why do I love this album so much?
Well, maybe because if I were to have a band, this would be the kind of record that I'd be so proud of having made. Or maybe because bandleader Zelko Rezo's heartfelt songs get to me in a way that only a few other precious writers can do.

Or is it because every time that I put this CD on I can't help but get up, sing along and do some nifty air guitar while my spirits get higher? Oh, I could tell you a hundred (personal) reasons, but I can't fool you with so much of my personal moaning.

'Cause you know that when it comes to talking about the finest pop/rock you just have to get down to the songs and the delivery. And you just can't get enough of it with this album.

The Dreamdayers are from Sydney, Australia, and they had this -their debut album- in the can before actually playing a gig!
The sound is crisp and tight, courtesy of Wayne Connolly -of Knievel and Welcome Mat fame, and also producer of other Aussie acts such as You Am I, Underground Lovers or Died Pretty-, and believe me it can't get any better than this.

So if you're out looking for a record to buy, just check this one out and you won't be disappointed. You'll be left wanting more (and more)."


IÃNAKI ORBEZUA (Otoño Cheyenne)


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"This Australian purely power pop band is beauty to behold and is about as classic of a Not Lame-styled band as you'll find on this site. Just check out the sound bites and hear the constant stream of timeless pop hooks, splendorous guitar jangle, concise and rich melodies. It's the sort of release that, after hearing countless 'merely good indie pop releases', gives Not Lame great hope that there's a lot of great, great power pop being made all around this world. Mix classic Teenage Fanclub/Big Star with all those great Australian jangle-pop bands of the 80's and such indie bands as Blue Cartoon. "A delightful Byrds-ian melange of deceptively simple, almost casual melodies, gentle harmonies and subtle hooks...lie back and let the sweep and splendour of the music wash over you"-GoPop Magazine. Unknown in their homeland, let it be known they will not go unknown in pop circles and by Not Lame folks worldwide. Song after song of a bountifully harvested crop of heart-filled jangle power pop that evokes pure pleasure, Grade: A."


Not Lame


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"Here we have a band that have managed to record and release an album before playing their first live gig. The DREAMDAYERS appearance at the recent Lost Weekend Festival in Sydney was their first. Not that the DREAMDAYERS have rushed things either. Their 11-track album "All Things Come" is very accomplished. The first thing that strikes you about this band is the jangle guitars. Comparable to other Australian greats the SOMELOVES or PYRAMIDIACS for chiming guitar action. All songs on this album are written and sung by guitarist Zelko Rezo. Great harmonies are supplied by Con Shacallis and Paul Francis. This band often reminds me of BLUE CARTOON, at other times VELVET CRUSH. The whole album has a sound and feel similar to R.E.M's great "Out Of Time" album. The standout songs on the record are upbeat numbers "Rescue Me", "Bury Me" "Elizabeth Smiles" and "Gravity". Gentler almost country numbers like "I Can't Be Happy" and "The Grandfather Song" provide a nice change of pace. This record was produced by Wayne Connolly and features a host of guest musicians including Bernie Hayes and Tracey Ellis (KNIEVAL). The album perhaps could do with a touch more variety, I would also like to hear the band attempt a couple of rocking pop numbers. Nonetheless the DREAMDAYERS have produced an album of quality jangle pop that should please many local and overseas pop fans."


Scott Thurling, Off The Hip


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"You're not going to forget a name like that of lead Dreamdayer Zelko Rezo. I know I didn't - it leapt off the CD sleeve at me - and I must say I'm pleased to see this Sydney, Australia songsmith finally got it together not only to form a band, but release a great album. Sometime during the year or two I spent living in Sydney in the mid 90s, I answered a 'musicians wanted' ad that Rezo had placed in a local arts rag. Following the time-honored protocol of low-level, aspirational rock-n-rollers, we got together and bashed through a couple of our respective songs to see what common ground there might be. He was a cool guy and I remember thinking his stuff was pretty good, but not exactly up my alley. So, we left it at that. Five years later, I'm wondering if perhaps I could've been suffering from some form of temporary-but-acute hearing loss as I sat there in Chez Zelko not quite connecting with what I was hearing. Oh well, my loss... All Things Come is a fine platter that will hit the spot for anyone who digs energetic-but-light-on-its-feet, melodic, guitar-based pop. The hooks are plentiful and fresh, Rezo is a great singer, and the quartet plays with a crisp, song-serving sense of dynamics. As the Aussies say, 'Good On Ya' ."

Terry Banks, The Big Takeover

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"The Dreamdayers - All Things Come (Hey, What's That Sound?): Yet another quality pop record from Australia. The Dreamdayers have a relaxed jangly approach that touches on sounds like The Byrds, The Records and the latter days of The Searchers. This would be a good low key companion with the Cosmic Rough Riders disc from last year. The band also has a downcast side that covers areas traveled by indie favorites like The Delgados, My Morning Jacket and Trembling Blue Stars. The best example of their approach is "The Hardest Words", which has outstanding guitar interplay by Zelko Rezo (who writes the tunes and sings 'em) and Con Shacallis, who join in some creative harmonies with bass player Paul Francis. Their voices have a nice blend - you can distinguish each voice and they layer so well together. The band incorporates strings on some tracks and the violins and cellos make for some beautiful mellow pop - "I Can't Be Happy" is so wonderfully enhanced and hits its melancholy target with the light orchestral feel. The band goes the more straightforward route on the tracks "Yesterday's Gone", "Hold On" and the relatively spunky "Elizabeth Smiles". These tunes keep the Dreamdayers from being dreary. The finale, "Goodbye", blends the chamber music with real rock, and this is a direction the band should continue to pursue."


Mike Bennett, (www.fufkin.com)

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"I don't know much about the Dreamdayers - they first came to my attention when I heard their track Signs on the Lost Weekend CD - except to say that they hail from Sydney and play an engaging brand of jangle/power pop, not unlike bands such as The Someloves, Church and Knievel, whose guitarist and singer Wayne Connolly also produced their album, All Things Come. For a debut, All Things Come is extremely strong considering they hadn't played a live show before it was recorded. Just goes to show the wisdom in taking the time to properly write, record and release your debut album in order to get it right. But what really makes The Dreamdayers stand out are the three fundamentals; good songs, good singing and good playing plus a strong rhythm section for added weight."


Neal McCabe, Pop On Top

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"In spite of their mediocre name, The Dreamdayers would win over many a fan if they just had a chance to be heard. This friendly Australian foursome plays revved up, jangly, melody-conscious music akin to Swag, REM, or Velvet Crush. Like these groups, The Dreamdayers seem to take cues from the Byrds, Big star, and the Beatles. Their songs build and rumble about with good hooks scattered all around. "Bury Me," one of the best tunes on the disc, showcases some fantastic fret work that fits perfectly with the mellifluous vocals. It's solid pop - not likely to impress indie folks scampering about in search of the latest thing. On the down side, some of the songs may veer too close to generic for some (hearkening back to the early '90s) but that's more the exception than the rule. I doubt that the Dreamdayers have received much attention from CMJ radio or the American press. But that's in no way a reflection on their merit. Like Blue Cartoon in Austin, Texas, they'll probably be crafting seasoned pop whether folks are paying attention or not."

Randall J. Stephens, Tidal Wave Mag


Collections: 2000s, Australian Artists, CD

Category: Album, CD, New

Type: CD (Jewel Case)


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