The Dream Captain by Adrian Stone (Tony Kendrick) Private publication, 1999 Contact via snail mail c/o Tony Kendrick; 55 Verlin St; Wakeman, OH 44889. “Adrian Stone” is the pseudonym of Tony Kendrick, with help from his brother Dylan Kendrick and friend Mel Holida on bass. The Dream Captain hearkens back to the palmy days of the '70s, when big-sound bands like King Crimson, Yes, and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, as well as the early Tangerine Dream, were hammering together electronic music and rock. The combination of rock instrumentation of guitar, drums, bass, and keyboards, combined with synthesizer and special effects, has persisted ever since.
The Dream Captain captures that 70s prog-rock feeling with moody guitar or keyboard melodies over synthesized thunder and ocean waves, or ominous, hard-edged synth lines in parallel fifths. Some of it sounds like the soundtrack for a video game; in fact, one track is titled “Myst,” after the well-known pioneering virtual reality game. Most of the album is more mood than rhythm, though in track 8, “Spell,” Kendrick manages to kick up some neo-medieval, Goth-styled dance music. With track 9, “A Wizard’s Trance,” he reaches back to the ‘60s era to give us a bit of Grateful Dead-inspired psychedelia. The last track shows off Kendrick’s metal side, with some wailing electric guitar solos over a more “traditional” rock band accompaniment.
This album’s got a variety of styles on it, from sweet dreamy ambient to fairly hard rock. For those of us who remember the days when rock broke out of its simple formulas and began to explore longer forms, non-vocal instrumentals, and electronic sound, this album will bring a note of pleasant nostalgia.
Hannah M.G. Shapero 11/16/02
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