The first two tracks from the forthcoming Business of Dreams LP were sort of what I expected, though I’ve admitted that Cunningham is at the peak of his writing prowess this go-round. But, the pleasure of Ripe for Anarchy is the diversity he’s brought forth, and perhaps no track exemplifies that touch more than the single below. It’s still churns out that crisp nostalgic pop vibe, but it has this thoughtfulness I don’t think I realized until the second or third spin. From the layering of the various vocals to the effortless calm throughout, it creates this weird vibe where I feel like I’m listening to Galaxy 500 channeled through the history of angular indiepop and its forebears. Slumberland drops the album tomorrow; please go get it.
We continue our regular column supporting all things Corey Cunningham by bringing you the latest single from his Business of Dreams project. I’m not sure how he’s been able to do it, but he’s topped his previous release, and is running nearly neck and neck with some of his other projects that I adore. I love the keyboard work in this track; it sort of gives this shining brightness from behind the mix, allowing for the wispy vocals to coolly wash over the listener. I don’t want to gush, except that I do. This song is just one example of everything that is great about the new album; there’s ten other examples on Ripe for Anarchy, out Feb 1st via Slumberland.
A lot of folks following musicians and blogs definitely have people that they adore, people that are untouchable in a sense; Corey Cunningham is one such person for me, be it in Terry Malts or, in the case of this post, Business of Dreams. On the latest single, the bass line opens heavy and pulsing, the lifeblood of the tune. It unfolds to build in driving synth work, as well as other electronic sparkles in the background. All the while, there’s Cunningham, sitting carefully in the mix, careful to hold the song’s lofty pop sensibility intact. It almost feels like something in the vein of Blank Dogs, but if it was crafted with sunshine in mind; there’s a natural vibrancy to this one. You will find this tune on Ripe for Anarchy, the new album out on Slumberland Records on February 1st.