The Stargazer Lilies - We Are the Dreamers (Cover Artwork)
Staff Review

The Stargazer Lilies

We Are the Dreamers (2013)


The Stargazer Lilies' debut full-length We Are the Dreamers is nicely executed, Twin Peaks-era dream pop. The two-piece deploy especially hazy and almost occasionally rumbling atmospheres that murkily float along for three minutes apiece with breathy female vocals, then exit the scene like a lost memory.

They've certainly got the hallmarks down (patient acoustics in "Del Ray Mar"; seasick omnichord tones in "Undone"), but the dynamics feel a little soft. The duo rarely do much to rise above the ambient fill, and if you've a mind for that sort of steadiness, We Are the Dreamers will nail that need for you. For everyone else, the average moments on this record feel safe and engrossing enough, while exceptions to the rule should make the overall experience worthwhile. The bridge of "How We Lost" sounds like a Pixies climax at half the speed, and K Field's back-of-the-throat breathiness definitely sounds like it's pushed more to its limits during a surprise buildup near the end. Its followup, Side B opener "Endless Days," finds Field delivering a chorus hook that, in the context of the record, practically lashes out, while the noise behind her crescendos tastefully (is this where we drop the unavoidable My Bloody Valentine mention?). The effortless melody ending "Don't Waste My Time" is a late highlight.

We Are the Dreamers carries a vague mood somewhere between cautiously optimistic and totally disenfranchised. It's hard to grasp, but it's enjoyable to get lost in the journey of what it's trying to feel, as its creators craft a pleasing vehicle for it.