The tone for much of I Had A Dream That You Were Mine is set both musically and lyrically by its opening track – the warm, woody palette and the tinges of loss and regret.
I Had A Dream That You Were Mine captures the bold artistic realizations of a pair of inspired musicians who have no desire to look back at their own careers, nor any desire to repeat themselves creatively.
Not every record needs to provoke awe or profound emotion – they can simply be a good time. That’s not to damn I Had A Dream That You Were Mine with faint praise as this is a damn good time.
It may tail off towards the close, but genuine warmth emanates throughout. A partnership that’s charged with ideas, this feels like a collaboration that’s only just getting going.
The joy here is how at home the two feel together, which makes sense when you know the songs started out literally in a bedroom.
Hamilton + Rostam synthesizes two distinct musicians for a sound that's ultimately greater than the sum of its parts.
It would be easy to say that I Had a Dream That You Were Mine rivals Rostam and Leithauser's past work, but it's better to say that it's the beginning of a great partnership.
Hamilton’s lyrics complement Rostam’s itinerant production, dwelling on half-exhaled scenes, fleeting vignettes, and unmoored feelings that float just beyond the penumbra of the present.
I Had a Dream You Were Mine overflows with satisfying and complex melodic shape.
What gets left out of their pop experimentation much of the time are simply hooks. The callbacks to other artists and eras are easy to recognize, but it’s often hard to remember which song they are attached to.
It’s a collaboration that works as there’s a sense of longing for the past from both parties, be it lyrically throughout from Leithauser, or musically in the retro styling brought by Rostam. A solid debut then, full of yearning and barstool tales.
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