Providence’s Sina Sohrab does not mess around. Dreamboat‘s Visions LP, out today on AMDISCS, is chock full of “horror scores for the dance floor” — a bit too unwieldy to actually get down to, but devoid of the baroque arpeggios and ’80s nostalgia that are swiftly turning contemporary dark wave into an academic exercise. Unlike dark wave, Dreamboat’s music is actually creepy, combining beats and disembodied voices into nightmare soundtracks that don’t hide under a veil of goth romanticism. Visions may remain in dialogue with the clichés that structure our understanding of the macabre — minor-key chorus, Addams Family organ hooks, arcane lyrics about visions that keep people up at night — but these are never ends in themselves. Just words in a language that attempts to contain the horror, but can’t help failing.
Dream Boat, “Young & Fine”
Visions is out today on iTunes via AMDISCS. A physical release is slated for December.