REVIEW: The Undercover Dream Lovers – Good Luck

Earlier this year, Brooklyn’s, Matt Koenig, self-released his debut EP entitled, While It’s in Style under the name, The Undercover Dream Lovers. Featured on this project was a standout...
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Earlier this year, Brooklyn’s, Matt Koenig, self-released his debut EP entitled, While It’s in Style under the name, The Undercover Dream Lovers. Featured on this project was a standout tune, “The Master.” After playing it through a few times, there were a couple electronic enthusiasts that came to mind; Of Montreal, and Daft Punk. Almost as if the two recorded something together while ingesting a more relaxing hallucinatory substance. For it seems that Koenig’s band name perfectly encapsulates the sound he is producing. Today, the Dream Lovers have a new tune for us.

Particular aspects of Koenig’s debut come through strongly on “Good Luck,” like the twinkling keys and wavy synths. However, this new track, which Koenig originally brought to Converse Rubber Tracks studio with only one melody and no lyrics and eventually shaped an entire arrangement with complete lyrics in only eight hours, has abandoned the playful squeaky synth noises we hear in “The Master” and has instead adapted an eerie elegance that shines like diamonds through a murky whirlpool. With more sophistication – a decisive voice, an exquisite bassline – this track builds into a unified cosmic symphony. There are certainly highs and lows expressed through vaguely tantalizing lyrics and instrumental riffs, mixing and mutating over this opioid-infused waterbed of sound. The clean guitar riff we hear toward the beginning eventually transforms into a raw, spacey surf experience with high-pitched synthesizers channeling more of My Morning Jacket’s most recent studio album, The Waterfall, than any electro-wizards or indie-pop icons that originally came to mind. The message over the music is blurred . It’s as if the singer is stuck in this endless cycle, a polluted love affair – “What I need is your disease / To bring me to the floor” – and the idea of escape doesn’t seem wanted. After the chorus plays out one final time with a ghostly haze, the track ends with an abrupt, somehow calming breakdown, one that leaves you feeling cleansed and remembering one line: “You know I’m crazy / But I got good luck.”

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