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The more adventurous amongst you may find much to cherish here.

At the lighter end of what we cover here at Fireworks is this release from Dave McPherson. First coming to prominence as a member of UK based Alternative Rock band InMe in the early Noughties, McPherson has, since 2004, embarked on a solo career with a string of self-made EPs, then in 2011 he released his first full-length album 'The Hardship Diaries' via the burgeoning Pledge Music, a move he has repeated with 'Dreamoirs.'

Though his music was initially folk-based and encompassed stark acoustic instrumentation, 'Dreamoirs' is a full band effort, yet despite this McPherson himself handles all the instruments. However it's still the acoustic guitar that is the prominent feature, though there are some classy electric guitar parts to be found, in particular the wonderfully melodic solo that brings 'Grotesque Is A Beautiful Word' to its conclusion. And while Folk is still at the heart of the music, there are elements of pop and progressive leanings, and even ambient textures within the neat arrangements. Lyrically, as the title suggests, the reflective concept of the album is built around dreams, and while song titles like 'Relics Of Don Quixote', 'Her Majesty's Prism' and 'Ambivert Melanconnoisseur' hint at something rather grandeur; in reality it's not as complex as it suggests, although it is thought-provoking with clever word-plays such as on 'I'm Possible'.

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There is a delicate fragility to McPherson's voice at times, but I feel that there is a tendency to overdo the vibrato on occasions, but not to the point where it becomes a distraction.

Arty yet accessible, while it won't appeal to everybody the more adventurous amongst you may find much to cherish here.

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