By Stephanie Zhu for Pow Magazine
Check out their latest album, Dream Decibels.
With a complete, cohesive flow from start to finish, Dream Decibels takes you through the spectrum of human experience, to the stars and cosmos beyond, and then gently carries you back down to earth with their final song “Back Home.”
Every song on this album has its own purpose and intent. The songs vary dramatically to give you different energetic vibes and feelings. They flow together seamlessly, making for a complete e(ar)-xperience.
Kicking it off with “Faster Than the Speed of Light”: like the name implies, it’s a high-powered anthem that instantly gets you going and brings you up to speed. This is what The Love Dimension offers on first listen, that energetic rocker vibe.
Then, it eases into “Super Velvet Eagle,” slowing it down. This song invoked powerful imagery when I closed my eyes. I saw trippy amoeba-like blobs shrinking and then growing in size. To complement these visuals, the song awakened feelings of traveling through time and space with its synthy guitar, reminiscent of “Tame Impala,” while holding onto their hard rock persona.
The lyrics say things like, “And you tell yourself this is where you’re meant to be,” plus “Are you ever coming back?” These powerful words make you question where you are in the present, infusing the past by making you reflect on every action that has brought you to this current moment, and pointing to the future by asking the questions that place your destiny in the palm of your hands.
The next two songs get you grooving with more classic psychedelic rock sounds.
In the songs “Another Hundred Suns” and “How Many Miles,” you can’t help but feel the good vibes and tingling through your veins. Everything came alive: my hips were gyrating; my head began to bang unconsciously and then consciously.
It just goes to prove that the album builds in an intentional and meaningful way. It slowly awakens each body part, one at a time. Following the excitement and rise in energy from those songs, “Infinity Return” slows it back down. After moving so many parts of your body, this song gives you a chance to channel in the restorative yin energy, putting you in a trance. It showcases the effect that music and vibrations can have on your body and soul.
The Love Dimension shows off their versatility here, proving they can appeal to harder rockers as well as more trancey psychedelic music enthusiasts.
The rest of the album flows just as seamlessly. “Possessed by Possessions” makes you question your relationship to objects, with sounds and lyrics that mimic what it feels like to be overburdened by material possessions.
Then we tap into the universe and the power of the elements with “Cosmic Elevation.” With lyrics like, “your body becomes the earth again,” this song made me think about the fact that nature has its cycle, and us meager humans can’t do anything to stop it. The earth will come to claim us, and then we will move on to cosmic elevation. It is our destiny. Death isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it’s a part of the cycle.
Finally, the last three songs calm you down and bring you back to earth. Again, the vibe is so different from previous songs; it’s almost like another band is playing. It’s wildly impressive and shows the many different layers of The Love Dimension.
The album as a whole is phenomenal. It makes sense, and it takes you through both human and otherworldly experiences. It brings you down when you need to feel certain emotions and those parts of the human experience. It tranquilizes you when you need to be calmed. And finally, it has rocking hits that will get your body moving and grooving.