The aptly named “Dream Cove” launches the effort with an expertly arranged froth of synthetic washes, cavernous percussion and his wistful, measured vocals. The following “Awakening” is more playful, bouncing with Casio beeps and a more vivacious melody that soars at the chorus; had this song come out 30 years sooner, I’m certain it would have anchored the climatic scene in some John Hughes flick.
The remaining songs never threaten to match that pair in terms of resonance (“Lack of Color” comes closest), but it’s still a remarkable final product, one that comes closer to M83’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming than most.
Warmth is available for free at eicvirtual7inch.bandcamp.com. —Joshua Boydston
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