Our dreams are a deeply personal inner dialogue into our own psyche determining our emotional availability, aspirations and so much more, but rarely do we admit our inner most emotional turmoil laced within our own reality defying dramatic dreamscapes.
In a term of great change for the West London based Alt Rock band Mantra, the dreams of its leader and lyricist is displayed in an almost sadistic fantasia, detailed with all the trimmings of the early 2010’s Alt Rock and Indie Rock vibes within their debut release Dreamland.
The story-arch exploding out of this twelve track dissection seems to follow the trajectory of an extremely toxic and devastating break up turned act of war with no sign of any white flags. Of course we are all well versed in the act of creating an entire career based off of hard hitting break up anthems from such songstresses as Adele and Taylor Swift, but when an album in its entirety is speaking on behalf of a dejected lover still in the realms of a deep tailspin, it can be a rather ‘interesting’ venture to dissect.
With a decent entry point into the albums world of bittersweet blame games, its height of impressive song styling peaks at the albums mid-point with ‘New Friends’, which harkens back to the cutting of emotional attachment and baggage associated to a former paramour while also disgracing the individual in regards to their friends true perception of them. With its sweet and tender delivery in places it is the perfect contradiction to the wailing truth bombs exploding across this empowered song of suppressed aggression, unfortunately the inspiration seems to dry up very quickly after its burst of hope, due to recycled themes and lyrics which all boil down to a turbulent and detached sense of accountability. With such a raw sense of betrayal laced within his speech while retaining a very stone cold demeanour, it can arouse plenty of questions and discussions surrounding whether or not the lyricist should be considered for a short course of counselling.
Even with a sound that is solid from an instrumental standpoint, Dreamland’s ball and chain can be attributed to the bands lyrical content persistently recovering old ground in relation to the thoughts and feelings surrounding the break up album concept. As much as it’s an endearing topic to cover due to us all being someone’s ex, there has to come a point where you move past that period into a new chapter of your life, otherwise your voice of retaliation against that old flame can become whiny and obsessive.
The best way to win the war against your former love is to grow from it, not dwell over it in a self-imposed cell of self pity. It is that ideology alone that can hopefully lift Mantra from its static state into a progressive new chapter to impress the masses with their next instalment. Maybe next time boys.