Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between

Man Man - Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2020 Ratings: #374 / 692
User Score
Based on 129 ratings
2020 Ratings: #432
Liked by 9 people
May 1, 2020 / Release Date
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Sub Pop / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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Northern Transmissions

Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between has the feel of quality thrift store, with lots of unusual pieces in great condition.

Rolling Stone

Ryan Kattner’s first album in seven years fronting this mutable project is his best to date.


Man Man is the lizard brain of indie rock and Dream Hunting In The Valley Of The In-Between is the sound of the band rolling around, fingers twisting toward the sky.


Over 17 tracks and 50 minutes, Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between presents a monster mash of tumbling rhythms, tampered orchestration, and the band's signature skeleton-plays-itself-as-xylophone earworms.


Even with the more tuneful tracks, the album has enough bizarre lyrical imagery, unexpected outbursts, and general freakiness to keep Man Man from losing the weirdness they built their sound on.

I have never had a reaction to a record quite like this. Upon first listen, it immediately brought me modern Frank Zappa vibes. Staring at my FZ poster in my room, I can very well see the influence in this audible circus. At first, the groovy marimba is what caught my ears and immediately hooked me in. It’s not everyday you hear something this rejuvenating, uplifting, and just plain happy and carefree.

Then the horns come in. That seriously brings my listening experience into a new ... read more
Imagine if Frank Zappa and Danny Elfman teamed up to make an album. Now imagine they'd been listening to a lot of Vampire Weekend recently. Now imagine that they decided they wanted to make a parody album of different types of 70s music. Now imagine it was an expertly made, hilariously witty listening experience. Now throw that album in the garbage because we already got something way weirder than that!

Man oh Man, is this album cool as hell. Goofy but not stupid, strange but not off-putting, ... read more
I wanted to like this so bad. I am quite fond of the instrumentation throughout this whole thing, it's a bit jazzy and very chill. In theory, this is very good but it truly lacks memorability being that it's really consistent. Plus the vibe of the samples thrown in really doesn't seem to fit this style. A few good tracks, majorly it all sounds too similar. The vocals are nice but nothing special. A bit of a letdown but it's worth a shot.

Color: Beige
Favorite Tracks: Cloud Nein, Lonely ... read more
I first came across the name Man Man on an RYM thread about under-recognised artists a couple of years ago, but didn't end up checking them out since i'd already gotten several other groups to listen to. Now that they've released their first album in 7 years i figured i'd finally dive in

I'm not entirely sure who i can compare these guys to, but if i can narrow it down i'd reference the eclectic instrumentation of Tom Waits being filtered through the Jazz-Pop perfection that is Steely Dan. ... read more
This is the definition of a fun album : it doesn't take the things seriously, is highly enjoyable at first listenings and this mix of rock/psych/jazz is something that is difficult to do not smile. The band shines the most when they push they ideas further (Much like Jamobo, I find that Cloud Nein, Goat and Powder my wig are the best tracks) but often they tend to rest in the same register. In a 17 tracks album, it can becomes redundant and tend to be more of a background album than an active ... read more
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Track List

  1. Dreamers
  2. Cloud Nein
  3. On the Mend
  4. Lonely Beuys
  5. Future Peg
  6. Goat
  7. Inner Iggy
  8. Hunters
  9. Oyster Point
  10. The Prettiest Song in the World
  11. Animal Attraction
  12. Sheela
  13. Unsweet Meat
  14. Swan
  15. Powder My Wig
  16. If Only
  17. In the Valley of the In-Between
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Added on: February 19, 2020