AOTY 2018

Dream Songs

Devon Welsh - Dream Songs
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #329 / 709
User Score
Based on 50 ratings
2018 Ratings: #391
August 24, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
You Are Accepted / Label
Ambient Pop / Genres
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Northern Transmissions

While this project is less electronically-inclined and more focused on grand, lush string and piano arrangements than his Majical Cloudz days, his heart hasn’t disappeared from his sleeve – nor has he lost his ear for melody.

The 405

Dream Songs is a balm for the soul—it’s both purifying and pacifying.

Spectrum Culture

It’s a radical form of vulnerability; it’s a balm for toxic masculinity.

Under The Radar

Needless to say, this isn't an easy album to digest; like the act of prayer itself, Dream Songs demands its own space and time.


Dream Songs pushes Welsh's songcraft forward without abandoning his strengths.


With Majical Cloudz's Devon Welsh going solo, we receive the depth of his introspections as if they were cannonballs on Dream Songs.


The Majical Cloudz alum trades electronic pop for guitar, piano, and strings on an unflinchingly candid debut solo album that sets his singular voice free to preen, wander, and soar.

More consistent and soulful than his Majical Cloudz output, this feels heartfelt and spiritual.

Last time I checked Rufus Wainwright would kill to release something as solid as this.
Devon has been unable to find the proper backing music to his incredible voice since Impersonator. He just isn't taking advantage of his talent. There are some great moments on this one, but overall it falls a little flat
Majical Cloudz was indeed very whimsical and deeply emotive, I'm glad that wasn't lost on the production of this album, however this time around, Welsh seems more concerned about his connection and personal value with the songs than rather giving something we can feel indentified with. Most of the tracks lack that spark that made Majical Cloudz so alluring and charming, that thing with going sometimes insanse with the instrumentals and making some affecting music... here seems almost gone. It's ... read more
Album of the year for me. Sparse production brings out the strengths and emotion of Devon's vocals and lyrics.
This is a respectable record- I really enjoy the vibe on here. This kind of sad, lonely ambient pop is just what I want to listen to sometimes. But the record is just too safe to be anything great.
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Track List

  1. By the Daylight
  2. Summers End
  3. Dreams Have Pushed You Around
  4. Vision
  5. Comedian
  6. Chances
  7. Vampires
  8. I'll Be Your Ladder
  9. Over the Sky
  10. Take It Easy
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Added on: July 20, 2018