Dream Dealer (Blackland Hall)
Reviewed by Neph Basedow, Fri., June 19, 2015
The grammatical faux pas in Will Patterson's recording moniker marks the extent of his creative blunder. After scoring a pair of soundtracks for famed film director Terrence Malick, the former Sound Team member channeled that experience into his sophomore LP, piecing its 11 tracks together to resemble a movie score. Ten cut instrumental, so Dream Dealer engages effortlessly. Opener "X" commences delicate and ambient, glockenspiel and slow soaring spacial guitar quickly setting the scene. Too bad the now-Blackland Hall studio owner was only a third-grader when Vanilla Sky and American Beauty dropped. Highlight "Om the Dome" revs momentum, adding piano and a slicing pedal effect, but as pretty as it and its fellow tracks unspool, they contain a subtle ominous or melancholy undertone. Closer "Onism" marks the album's sole vocal recording, its bookend note of electronica evoking the heightened pop spin of Sleep Good's 2010 full-band output Skyclimber. That accessibility, paired with Patterson's idiosyncratic lo-fi, kindles a fiercely unique result.