Joshua Van Tassel‘s latest LP - Dream Date - is a collection of snapshots linked only by subconscious themes. As the title indicates, Van Tassel’s songs exist in a dream world but the fictional backdrop is anything but uniform. Dream Date balances escape with denser and deeper melodies and pace is varied constantly.
Without question, Dream Date is a unique recipe and Joshua’s sonic goulash is best sampled on “Sneaky Beard.” The four-minute number moves quickly, but with soft feet. Folkie picks are paired with electronics, percussion and hand claps, but any hint of tension is smoothed with gentle strings. For lack of a better word, this song feels free. A dreamy cushion softens each step and leaves Sneaky Beard feeling like a sun warmed sprint across a grassy field.