With the release of “Monsters”, Dream State invite us into a new chapter. The Welsh band have continued to evolve since the release of their Primrose Path album, and the freshly released single doubles down on their authentic and flawed ‘brand’ that exuberantly shares what it’s like to be alive. Whether the single will find a home in a future release is unknown as yet, and more will be revealed in time.
Offering both honest admissions and swirls of encouragement, the music of Dream State forms a receptive place for being oneself, or at least trying to be, and “Monsters” is no different. Expressing messiness but also embracing every aspect of the path taken so far, “Monsters” encapsulates and embodies the act of self-love where the ‘mistakes’ are as important as the triumphs.
“Exposed but honest, I’m learning to love all of me”
Sonically, the building song takes us from gentle contemplation to empowered confidence, while also being alert to the presence of monsters within. I write this while plagued by my own monsters, and hearing vocalist CJ Gilpin openly share her learnings along the way while retaining a sense of mastery is inspirational and lifting. I’ve said befoe that Dream State’s honesty comes across as “I feel it too” and “Monsters” is no different. The band excel at creating a non-judgmental space for listeners while offering hope for change and overcoming too.
Tumultuous rather than seeming like a straight line, “Monsters” traces thoughts about oneself and the weighty parts of life before culminating in a decision to open up further, with gang vocals reinforcing the determination to ‘be the light’. The song stands as an unwavering invitation to join Dream State on the next leg of their adventure, if you so choose. What do you wanna do next?