ARTIST : Dream Wife

ALBUM: So When You Gonna…

RATING: 8/10

WORDS: Tash West

Dream Wife are not ones to shy away from standing up for what they believe in. Their second release So When You Gonna… is no different. Although musically and lyrically darker than their self-titled debut Dream Wife, the album covers a lot of topics that aren’t usually spoken about in everyday life – and that’s important. So When You Gonna… was made entirely by non-male engineers and was mixed and produced by Marta Salogni (Bjork, Little Boots, The Orielles), a direct approach which demonstrates Dream Wife’s unwavering commitment to addressing gender imbalance within the music industry and beyond. 

 this is a modern day Riot Grrrl movement and Dream Wife are at the forefront

“Fuck, sorry, fuck, please will you so kindly start again?” These are the opening lines to ‘Sports!’ arguably one of the “punkiest” tracks on the album (second to title track ‘So When You Gonna…) and an ideal way to start the album off with a bang. With a middle 8 featuring strong retro video game vibes, this is a modern day Riot Grrrl movement and Dream Wife are at the forefront.  Following swiftly on at track two is the Blondie-esque ‘Hasta La Vista’ a song about accepting change: “how many ways to say goodbye to wash away all of the strokes of our past life.” Although it’s arguably the poppiest escapade on the release, it’s definitely also one of the catchiest and a change of pace from the rest of the album.

‘Validation’ appears to be an ode to being different and normalising this as a good thing. It’s a dig at society’s cognitive pedestal of not standing out in a crowd; “we go to art openings, we fit in, ‘cause nobody fits in.”

If distorted guitars and screaming vocals are more your thing, then look no further than ‘Homesick’, this song really builds on you from start to finish – it’s a wild ride and we can’t wait to see this performed in a live environment. It’s the perfect song to thrash along to in a very sweaty venue. Fourth track ‘Validation’ appears to be an ode to being different and normalising this as a good thing. It’s a dig at society’s cognitive pedestal of not standing out in a crowd; “we go to art openings, we fit in, ‘cause nobody fits in.” Following on is feasibly the most heartbreaking song on the album, ‘Temporary’ is a song about miscarriage and hope. Although the song deals with incredibly tough situations, it is also an embodiment of a hug in music and that’s part of what makes Dream Wife such a personable band. “With every loss how do you carry through, know you’re brave enough to jump into, I’ll applaud it.” 

Indie is a loose term for Dream Wife’s music really. They are neither one or the other when it comes to genre, however this album definitely has an indie-woven vibe going throughout. Especially ‘Old Flame’ with its Haim-esque vocals and rolling guitar and bass melodies and ‘Hold On Me’ with its shimmery delayed guitars and power-pop vocals. So When You Gonna…concludes with the pure honesty of ‘After The Rain’, a soft rising ballad about abortion and abortion rights. “It’s my choice, my life. It’s my will, my sacrifice. It’s my body, my right. Not for others to decide.”

Dream Wife makes sure that their voices are heard above the noise and their actions are even louder than their words. All proceeds from digital Bandcamp pre-orders of the album are being donated to Black Minds Matter and Gendered Intelligence. 

So When You Gonna… is available now on Lucky Number.

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