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Dean Wareham – Emancipated Hearts (2013) review

December 14, 2013

Dean Wareham – Emancipated Hearts (2013) review

Dean Wareham “Emancipated Hearts” (Sonic Cathedral, 2013) 
Enigmatic lo-fi dream-pop hipster Dean Wareham has wandered
in with a new romantic 10″ solo album that touches all the right nerves,
and pushes all the right buttons, conjuring a waylaid grouping of gentle songs
that he could no longer keep to himself; yet made the calculated decision that
they were so personal, he needed to present them under his own name.
Yes, you’ll still be swooned by the lush and mysterious
backing vocals of Britta Philips, and for all intent and purposes, had the
songs not been played and delivered so singularly raptured, Emancipated Hearts
would sound very much like a Dean & Britta release.  But it’s not, this is resoundingly a Dean
Wareham release, and in that vein we get to turn another page, diving deeper
into the nature of this odd man out, spare no secrets, symphonic character,
fashioned from existential pop-culture, who seems to have stepped right out of
the pages of “The Third Man” or “On The Road.”
The songs that makeup Emancipated Hearts are rich and full,
at times joyful, laced with childlike fever-dreams, filled with sonic guitars
that lead you down side streets and into places you’ve never considered, or
perhaps avoided, yet are instantly recognizable, warm and comfortable.  At other times the songs have the depth and
feel of looking in on your own home, face pressed to a window, with that single
pane of glass reshaping everything you see, causing one to smile with the
satisfaction of who they are.
I was treated to these drifting gems back in April of 2013
when Dean connected his iPod to my stereo … it was so good to get lost in
this new material, and like all things magical, I remember the day I could no
longer hear any of the tunes dancing in my head.  I’m glad to have them back, glad to hold this
album in my hands, feeling that in the course of my musical journey, I’ve made
the right choices with Galaxie 500, Luna, Dean & Britta, and here with this
understated piece of vinyl.
Midnight music for gazing on a daytime moon …
*** The album was recorded with Jason Quever of the band
Papercuts at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco, featuring Britta
Phillips, Anthony LaMarca, and Gillian Rivers.
Review made by Jenell Kesler/2013
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