EP 2017 by Those Who Dream By DayRelease date: February 12, 2017
By now, the many tropes of post-rock seem easily recognisable, and it’s arguable it gets a little tiring hearing it over and over again. It seems that many bands may attempt to do similar things, only a handful manage to pull it all off successfully, whilst others flounder and come across as pale imitations of the more successful bands of the genre. Then you get bands that come along like Those Who Dream By Day, whose introduction to their work displays an evident understanding of the genre’s forms and constructs, but it’s all done so brilliantly, in a way that is pleasing and enjoyable, that it reminds you of why those techniques work so well in the first place.
The direct-and-to-the-point named EP 2017 feels much like a release whose purposes serves as an introduction to everything Those Who Dream By Day are about. Much of this work feels direct, which seems to waste absolutely no time in getting straight to the point. There’s something indulgent and wonderful in what the band present, the bulk of the work feeling somewhat entrancing. On the surface, one admits that this release appeared to be no more than a paint-by-numbers post-rock demo recording (It’s even billed as a demo recording) . When one has such an impression like this though, it’s certainly refreshing to be wrong, as EP 2017 reveals to have much more substance than one lies upon the surface. Across the four tracks, we’re presented with a gorgeous selection of tracks that each help showcase the many strengths of the band, as well as their capabilities, but perhaps not their full capabilities. Other sections of the EP suggest that this is a band that is holding back ever so slightly, saving the best of their talents for something even greater.
Those Who Dream By Day feel much like a band ready to really showcase what they’re all about, letting their debut EP simply act as a wonderful precursor for what is to come. The four tracks each feel strong and wholly enjoyable in their own right, all suggesting something a little different to each other. The EP is nothing short of enjoyable, with it serving as a lovely indicator of why these specific tropes work so well, as they’ve been executed wonderfully by the band. One certainly wonders just what this band is fully capable of, and hopes that they get the chance to really and wholly express themselves creatively.