NoMad Dreams – NoMad Dreams
Lush, dreamy, and sprawling, NoMad Dreams is a rich selection of contemporary jazz tunes for indie fans looking for something a little different.
‘House Of Rainbows’ opens the album, with Vlada Brofman’s silky vocals immediately creating a floaty dreamscape in which the music sways, ebbs and flows along. We are led into the rich tones of ‘Chocolate’, a track that couldn’t be more appropriately titled – the bohemian sound to the track unfurls into a folk style, with a soaring flute that creates mysterious elements that float and waft throughout the song. ‘Good Morning’ leans into a more upbeat, yet still relaxed and easy going tempo. There is a strongly French feel to the way in which the song presents itself, making it the kind of song that conjures up all kinds of images from classic French films where people are smoking cigarettes and whiling away their time in cafes. The album features some more edgy moments in the way some of the tracks are produced – ‘The Road’ features some very fizzy drums that could easily fit on an edgy indie rock record, and yet this is coupled with some glorious piano playing. Brofman’s voice also heads off in some unexpected directions, with a sense of humour found within it at times as she lets her voice crack slightly – not to mention the curious wail that is let out a few times throughout the track. ‘Don’t Fear Dear’ continues the upbeat feel, while managing to pull back into a half time chorus that creates the sense of pausing to enjoy the sight of a beautiful garden while on an otherwise swift journey. ‘Dear John’ pulls things back to a more gentle and reflective level, with some wistful piano notes that flitter about. It’s a smoky, lounge style track that perfectly creates the sense of being sung to by a diva in a hip nightclub that is draped in velvet, while ‘Unemployed’ dusts down the Rhodes for some smart and sharp notes. ‘La Belle Du Jour’ is quite possibly the smoothest and slowest track on the album, with Brofman crooning in French in a way that gently threatens to sing the listener to sleep with its solipsistic lullaby. ‘Two Birds’ is the best song you haven’t heard on a TV commercial, gentle and peaceful in a way that allows the listener to be swept away by its beautiful musical journey, while ‘Not Good Enough’ cranks up the fun factor, with a honky-tonk piano tone and a rhythm that sways back and forth, matching perfectly the parping saxophone. The album finds itself being drawn to a close with ‘Smile My Love’, bringing things back to the recognizable relaxed feel that NoMad Dreams do so well across so many of the songs on the album. As we reach the conclusion of the record, there is the sense that we are reminded of all that has gone past, with a strong feeling of joy and positivity. It is certainly an album with some unique and slightly eccentric touches that will be very appealing to indie fans who enjoy the music of bands such as Camera Obscura, or even the early work of the Cardigans.