The Colors Of Dreams, They're In You by Backseat Dreamer
2010 CD

The events of dreams are often impossible, or unlikely to occur, in physical reality: they are also outside the control of the dreamer. The exception to this is known as lucid dreaming, in which dreamers realize that they are dreaming, and are sometimes capable of changing their dream environment and controlling various aspects of the dream. The dream environment is often much more realistic in a lucid dream, and the senses heightened.

Backseat Dreamer is the moniker and solo project of South Carolina musician Sean Neuse.

Backseat Dreamer started in the winter of 2006 as a way for Sean to experiment with hypnotic lush textures using synthesizers, drum machines, layered vocals, pop songwriting and experimental music alike. At the time Sean was performing as a drummer with local favorite band Culture Prophet as well as being the guitarist, drummer and keyboardist for Le Chevre and Coma Cinema. For Sean, working on four track recordings for Backseat Dreamer quickly led to producing a number of demos and the first incarnation of performing live shows for the solo project began the following year in 2007. After a small tour in 2008 the project sparked the interest of a few record labels and "Love Not Found", a 16 minute experimental EP was released on Atlanta based label Stickfigure Recordings ( Deerhunter, Xiu Xiu etc.) on Oct 28th. 2008.

"The colors of dreams, they're in you" which is the debut full length album was recorded through out most of 2008 and 2009 and will see it's official release on July 13th. 2010.

"Backseat Dreamer play a form of dream pop that harkens back to the late 80's and early 90's shoegaze scene of England (My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive) but pushes toward the future with the use of live electronics and a swarm of dance beats." - Kevin Miller / Greenville Scene

"Backseat Dreamer, aka Sean Neuse, entered the game last month with his debut EP, Love Not Found. The almost seventeen minute release from Stickfigure feels like a sketch book full of works that aim somewhere between Aphex Twin and My Bloody Valentine. This first glimpse of what Backseat Dreamer can achieve is so successful and compelling, and I'm excited about the prospects of a full-length heading our way early next year." - Ohm Park

"Sean Neuse's debut recording under the Backseat Dreamer moniker is most certainly an album best listened to at night: dark rushes of synths collide with the faintest hints of melody, almost as if you tried cross-breeding the glitchy sounds of Germany's Oval with the earliest recordings that My Bloody Valentine ever put out." - Evan Sawdey / Pop Matters

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"Have you ever had the experience of lucid dreaming? Lucid dreaming is being aware that you're dreaming and being able to control your dreams to a certain extent. From what I understand, it can often allow for a much more vivid and unique experience. I have personally never had a lucid dream, but I think I got an idea of what it might be like from listening to Sean Neuse's own waking, aural lucid dream. By no strange coincidence, Sean Neuse goes by the recording name Backseat Dreamer, and his recent release The Colors of Dreams, They're in You is filled with soaring synths that could very well cause your own waking lucid dream.

I know that last paragraph used the word "dream" a lot, but stick with me. I'll try to avoid it for a while. Instead, let's focus on the groove of the album. From the beginning of very the first track, "Moment in Time," the warm, flowing vibe of the old-school synth keyboards and the pulsating, thumping rhythm of the percussion will simultaneously relax you and make you want to get out on the dance floor. Some songs, such as "For Starry Eyes," definitely lean much more towards the relaxing side while others, such as "Consider," lean more towards upbeat and danceable.

One thing that is always consistent throughout the entire album, with the exception of the short instrumental track "Hold Me Awake," is Backseat Dreamer's soft, echoing voice. I'll admit, his style of singing bugged me at first, but I think that might have been caused by my expectations of an entirely instrumental electronica album. But I quickly realized that his voice, with it's distinctly 80's styled nasal crooning, fit in perfectly with the instrumentation and further enhanced the dreaminess of the music.

And one thing you've already heard me mention a few times already is how much of an old-school vibe this album gives off. It almost sounds like The Colors of Dreams is a collection of music from the 1980's that has been rediscovered 20 to 30 years in the future and repurposed for our contemporary tastes, so there is a certain nostalgic quality to Backseat Dreamer's tunes.

So if you're looking for something dreamy, something relaxing, something catchy with a nice beat, or just something that will give a nice sense of nostalgia for the synth pop of the 80's, then you should definitely check out The Colors of Dreams, They're in You by Backseat Dreamer." - Rival Dave / Radio KRUD