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Reviewed by Jesse Austin

Outside In: The Nature Of Dreams

Reviewed by Jesse Austin

Outside In: The Nature Of Dreams

Out of the depths of Waiuku’s Revolver Studios has emerged this debut release of Auckland band Outside In. After having their project successfully funded through Kickstarter in late 2014, this progressive pop band has delivered a delightful five-track EP that is full of satisfying musical complexity and great pop hooks. Adam Tobeck (drums) and Adam Willis (bass) prove a tight rhythm section, driving in Sophie’s Ghost but also not afraid to groove in Running. Jonnie Barnard‘s (guitar) melodic lines in Go Quietly compliment the music in an unobtrusive manner, while Mikey Brown’s vocals move up and down fluidly in each track. Producers Djeisan Suskov and Jonathan Pearce have helped Outside In to achieve a crisp sounding debut offering. While ‘The Nature Of Dreams’ may be progressive in terms of musical style, it still feels accessible to a wide range of listeners due to its poppy vocal hooks. It’s a difficult thing to create a group of songs with such complexity yet easy listenability, but Outside In have achieved just that.