‘Compulsion Songs‘ is the 3rd album from Carlisle’s The Lucid Dream. Rather than bathe in the critical acclaim for the recent 2nd album The Lucid Dream are quick out the blocks, venturing into pastures new again. If anything, it reaffirms those claims by many that they are one of the most important, diverse and exciting bands in the UK at present.
Recorded at Whitewood Studios, Liverpool, with Rob Whiteley, the album has again been produced alongside Ross Halden (Ghost Town Studios, Leeds). Throughout the record The Lucid Dream demonstrate their broad palette of sounds, whilst most importantly also containing the key element, top songcraft.
‘Compulsion Songs‘ follows on from last years critically acclaimed eponymous 2nd album, which gained plaudits from Drowned In Sound (who named the album #7 UK album of the year/#18 world album, and overall highest placed ‘psych’ album), Uncut, Q Magazine, Clash, Louder Than War, The Skinny, and major radio support from BBC Radio 1 (Huw Stephens), BBC Radio 2 (Huey Morgan), and BBC 6 Music (Lauren Laverne, Marc Riley (inc. 2 sessions), Steve Lamacq, Gideon Coe, Stuart Maconie, Tom Robinson). ‘Mona Lisa’, the opening track from the album, was also included in The Observer ‘critics favourite tracks of 2015’ playlist.
The Lucid Dream formed in Carlisle, Cumbria, in 2008. A string of sold-out 7″s was followed by the debut longer player, ‘Songs Of Lies and Deceit‘, in August 2013. The album gained critical acclaim from Uncut, Q, Rocksound, Clash, Classic Rock Magazine, The Quietus, and leading French culture magazine, ‘Les Inrocks‘, to name a few. The initial vinyl pressing of the debut album (500 copies) sold out within 2 days, and was backed by a main stage slot at Kendal Calling, 3 consecutive appearances at the Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia, and supports to Death In Vegas and A Place To Bury Strangers (full UK tour).
Latest album ‘Compulsion Songs’ was released on Holy Are You Recordings. The vinyl pressing of the album sold-out within a day, prompting an immediate 2nd press, with pre-sales of the album topping 1,000 before release. The album was backed by a headline UK tour, and a main slot at Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia (for which they were singled out for major plaudits from The Quietus, The Skinny and Drowned In Sound).
‘more than a psych band, still a cut above.‘ Uncut Magazine
‘they’ve quietly found themselves elevated into the psych scenes premier league. ‘Compulsion Songs’ aims for and eventually reaches the stars. 8/10.‘ Drowned In Sound
‘when they go pedal-to-metal it rarely fails.‘ Mojo Magazine
‘The Lucid Dream are rapidly becoming major players in an ever-increasingly crowded psych scene..utterly seductive.‘ The Quietus
‘Motorik psychedelia at its finest. The Lucid Dream have stepped up. 8/10.‘ Classic Rock Magazine
‘Mona Lisa’ – critics favourite tracks of 2015 playlist.‘ The Observer
‘yet again these phantaseers proffer seven 24 carat nuggets to pebble-dash your minds landscape. 5/5.‘ Music News
‘A resolute triumph. 5/5.‘ Artrocker
‘Compulsion Songs” cements The Lucid Dream’s reputation as the UKs best psychedelic operators by a considerable distance.‘ Bearded Magazine
‘You are listening to the most important band in Britain right now. It is in the realm of the post-punk classics that we must place this album.‘ Colourhorizon
- Bad Texan
- Stormy Waters
- I’m A Star In My Own Right
- The Emptiest Place
- 21st Century
- How’s Your Low When You’re Low Alone
- Glue (Song For Irvine Welsh)
- Love In My Veins
- Heartbreak Girl
- Heading For The Waves
- In Your Eyes
- A Mind At Ease Is A Mind At Play
- The Twilight End
- Sweet Hold On Me
- Mona Lisa
- Cold Killer
- The Darkest Day/ Head Musik
- Unchained Dub
- Morning Breeze
- You and I
- Devil Rides Out
- I Got The Devil
- Jesus Say My Prayers
- I Feel So Lonesome (I’m Blue For You)
- The Twilight End
- Hits Me Like I’m Stoned