‘Secret Beach’ is an apt title for this, the debut full-length by Cardiff’s Pipedream. A slice of sun-kissed escapism, it’s a far cry from the miserable British winter and metropolitan bustle in which the trio currently find themselves. Instead the record transports to a shimmering beach, a beautiful sunset and isolated bliss. A veiled beauty over some more personally exposing lyrics.
Pipedream have found themselves sharing stages with a host of DIY punk outfits, despite their understated sound. It’s testament to their crossover appeal, in-part thanks to the complex instrumentation that underpins the sound with math-pop roots. Yet this is not imposing. Far be it from distracting from the musical holiday ‘Secret Beach’ provides.
Like Seahaven’s seminal ‘Reverie Lagoon…’, ‘Secret Beach’ retains a muted power that elevates it above simple chilled music. Ultimately though, this is one for long summer days, and hedonistic winter daydreams.