Boomkat Product Review:
Delia Derbyshire’s legendary collage of recalled dreams and spectral drones is available on wax again!
‘The Dreams’ features the BBC Radiophonic Workshop pioneer setting appropriately stark and enigmatic electronics to a reel of recordings of people describing their dreams, made by Barry Bermange in 1964. In perfectly dreamy manner, we’re struggling to recollect exactly where we’ve heard this album before (perhaps a Teresa Winter DJ set? Maybe during a blink in our scrutty bedsit?) but either way it’s giving us thee very strangest déjà entendu right now.
In five movements Delia divvies the narrations into commonly recurring themes of ‘Running, ‘Land’, ‘Falling’, ‘Colour’, and ‘Sea’, which should all ring a bell with quite literally anyone who has fallen asleep and wondered what the fuck just happened there (provided you don’t smoke enough weed that you forget dreams instantly after waking, and live in a half-world of half-remembered recollections, that is). Even despite the fact all the voices are super plummy and Estuarial English, it’s probably fair to say we’ve all experienced those sensations at some point or another during our oneiric blips (hands-up for recurring dreams of wind tunnel drag and chromatic lushness), and this is one of those rare records that arguably speaks to each and every one of us, in its deeply unheimlich way.