(13 October 2002) The Dreaming's first recording is comprised of six relatively short tracks dominated by Ann Janish's sweet and sensual vocals. The line-up for the CD is completed by Ray Lorigo (acoustic, classical guitar), Daniel Haskin (acoustic / electric guitar, juno 106), Cindy McCaffery (viola, zeta violin) and Kilissa Cissoko (percussion, conga). The recording opens with "I Think I'll Disappear" a light folk rock tune sung primarily over acoustic guitar although light keyboards and viola underscore the main melody well.
In the bluesy track "Need," viola takes over in the melody supported by acoustic guitar. Ann's vocals climb well above the arrangement with power and range that illustrate the depth of her talent. The acoustic guitar dominates "Silent," a lightly rocking tune with folk roots that emerge from Cindy's viola part. Again the listener is treated to Ann's powerful vocal which climbs above the instrumental arrangement. "The Getaway" is a slow and bluesy track that derives its texture from sliding guitar chords and a sultry vocal line. We especially enjoyed the piano part during the instrumental bridge.
The violin and viola parts in "For Real" establish the upbeat folk rock texture that underscores Ann's evocative lead vocal. The concluding track is a classical guitar instrumental entitled "Ultramarine" and is a tribute to the virtuousity of Ray Lorigo and Daniel Haskin. Like their full length album, the band's EP appears to have been put together without the aid of digital sequencing and the timing of the individual parts has that "slightly out" quality of an almost live recording.
CDs by The Dreaming can be ordered from the band's website. Clearly worth a journey this light progressive band's music should be explored further. The material is indeed a very nice listen!