A Dream Outside

Gengahr - A Dream Outside
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2015 Ratings: #124 / 770
User Score
Based on 64 ratings
2015 Ratings: #114
June 15, 2015 / Release Date
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Transgressive / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
DIY
It’s a remarkable debut. Just when Gengahr look to be settling into a rhythm, they showcase something different. By no means a ‘something for everyone’ full-length (it’s too devilish for the faint-hearted), it’s still a work that’s defined by its own dynamism.
90
The Line of Best Fit
Floaty angst in abundance, Gengahr have produced an all encompassing soundtrack to this year’s briefest romances and most curelly broken hearts.
80
NME
The result is a record that cloaks Gengahr’s inherent weirdness in peaceful melodies you’ll want to wallow in for hours.
80
The Guardian
This is psychpop with heavy emphasis on the pop, its frazzled melodies feeling both unsettling and festival-ready, and noodling kept to a respectable minimum.
80
Clash
'A Dream Outside' offers ample proof of the theory that albums which sound as though they were fun to make are often a joy to listen to. This is savvy, intelligent music.
70
Drowned in Sound

It’s Gengahr's commitment to weirdness on A Dream Outside that puts them many streets ahead.

70
musicOMH
As debuts go, it’s not on the same level as their mates Wolf Alice, but it is a compelling listen and a worthy addition to any burgeoning music library.
60
Loud and Quiet

It’s a mixed bag, and the LP feels like a band who have rushed out their debut album before fully fleshing out a coherent sound.

CheapandLethal
75
Decent
MoistNarwhal
78
It's different and refreshing. A very good debut effort offering a lot of different sounds and weirdness across it's 11 tracks.
SportCollective
85
Gengahr frontman Felix Bushe says it’s just a name, but if there’s one thing this London quartet and their highly anticipated debut album just proved, it’s that it is the perfect name. Much like their namesake, the 94th (and best ghost-type) Pokémon, A Dream Outside is chaotic, throwing curses around on top of squalling licks and noodling from lead guitarist John Victor. We’re given a post-breakup album from a broken-hearted man with a love for monsters, ... read more
EMR
70
A melodic, very harmonic and psychedelic debut album from Gengahr. Although there is nothing really new or groundbreaking about the 11 tracks presented here, the band manages to keep things interesting with the use of funny and uncompromised songwriting, with some pretty good rhythms, soft and reverby guitars, huge sounding keyboards and smooth vocals, à la Pure X in their nicest, sweetest moments, but with the addition of some noisier effects here and there. Overall, a pretty good ... read more
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Track List

  1. Dizzy Ghosts
  2. She's a Witch
  3. Heroine
  4. Bathed in Light
  5. Where I Lie
  6. Dark Star
  7. Embers
  8. Powder
  9. Fill My Gums With Blood
  10. Lonely As a Shark
  11. Trampoline
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