Relax Listen blend a fusion of many styles including rock, synth pop, jazz and classical. They tend to be catagorised as ‘Easy Listening’. Their latest album is a concept album based on dreaming and dreams. The font for the title cleverly emphasises REM (rapid eye movement) and this is just one of the original ideas from it. Here is my review (and some very interesting information on dreams from Relax Listen!):
Track 1: ‘Blitzed’ starts off with the sound of a war siren and signifies being a spitfire pilot during the second world war, and preventing the bombing of the city using whichever means possible.
Track 2:’ Dreaming of you’ is inspired by a quote, “I went to sleep last night with a smile because I knew I’d be dreaming of you, but I woke up this morning with a smile because you weren’t a dream.” It is a pleasant tune which builds up its intro with drumming sounds.
Track 3: ‘A wing and a prayer’ is a more melancholy and dramatic twist on the melody. The tune is based on dreaming of being successful with only the slightest hope of succeeding.
Track 4: ‘Muse on water’ – sometimes referred to as water nymphs, the muses were the embodiments of performed metrical speech; Music, Dance, Science, Geography, Mathematics, Philosophy, Art, Drama and Inspiration. When you listen to this pleasant tune you can almost see the nymphs dancing on the water.
Track 5:‘Fight or flight’ – it is interesting to discover when we dream of a “fight or flight situation,” even in our subconscious dreams, we will sometimes run and sometimes fight in that situation. This theme is explored in ‘Fight or flight.’
Track 6: ‘Long time dead’ has more drama to it musically. It is based on some believing that death dreams are good omens and will bring prosperity and longevity. Death dreams can also be a premonition of what is to come, which often typically reflects a persons unexpressed anxiety and stress. It is possible that some dreams are predictions of future events.
Track 7: ‘Losing Control’ is based around the concept of the dream that if you can’t control the outcome of a future event then something terrible will happen, common in some one who is a perfectionist. This is apparent in the ups and downs of the melody.
Track 8 is the rather cheekily titled ‘Bare all’. It is about baring body and soul and letting it ‘all hang out’. It has a much happier feel of freedom to it. Although based on a totally different concept, it is very slightly reminiscent in melody of part of Marillions iconic ‘Script for a Jester’s Tear’ and is my personal highlight and most recommended track on this album.
Track 9: ‘Dream’ is based on the random images, ideas, emotions and sensations that can occur involuntarily in the mind during the REM stage of sleep.
Track 10: ‘The Lesson’ is a faster moving tune based on a dream about a lesson that you may have learned in school or college or is the dream trying to bring something new to your attention?
Track 11: ‘Falling for you’ is about the idea of falling in a dream, (which is quite common and a dream I often have myself!) This can be linked to falling or going up and down and this is represented in the music on this track.
Track 12: ‘Give me the money’: to win money in a dream indicates success and prosperity is within your grasp. It represents confidence, self-worth, success or values. This track indicates winning.
Track 13: ‘Why day’ is a clever concept of the ‘why day’, why me?, why not me?, why is it happening to me?, why doesn’t it ever happen to me?
Track 14: ’Of trains, boats and planes’ is clever as you can feel the image of travelling along. This dream indicates a larger life decision at hand. Is it time to hop on that train, boat or plane? It is an interesting way to wrap up this album.
I would recommend this album to shut your eyes and relax to and let it conjure up the images portrayed in the music.