Mandatory Listening: Angels & Airwaves – The Dream Walker

by on December 9, 2014
 

By the time the final wash of strings fades on album closer “Anomaly,” you’ve already been reminded – 10 succinct times in a row – of the power of friction. Some have argued that friction – as a concept promoting the production of spark – has been largely absent from the past few albums from Angels & Airwaves. Whereas portions of their last multimedia project Love succeeded tremendously (the film portion garnered festival acclaim and a myriad of awards), other elements didn’t quite reach the same level of passion and undeniably creative ingenuity (i.e. the somewhat redundant nature of the Love Part II album).

Image: Johnny Buzzerio // To The Stars

Image: Johnny Buzzerio // To The Stars

With The Dream Walker, listeners are presented with a clever rebranding of the Angels & Airwaves musical platform as a duo – perhaps winking at the “&” in the band’s name and the seemingly disparate nature of Angels, Airwaves, and the distance between both.  Whereas DeLonge is a proudly self-taught, almost anti-theory musician, Ilan Rubin (Nine Inch Nails, Paramore, The New Regime) brings a sophisticated level of music theory, 60s/70s rock knowledge, and an affinity for Beethoven to the AVA platform.

Image: Johnny Buzzerio // To The Stars

Image: Johnny Buzzerio // To The Stars

As a result, DeLonge is able to revisit the contagious excitement surrounding the first Angels album – 2006’s We Don’t Need to Whisper – without resorting to recycled themes and melodies. The noticeably reinvigorated passion behind these songs allows The Dream Walker to achieve a rather bright spot in the band’s catalog, finally bridging the gap between ambition and actualization – a bridge built by friction.  Stream “Anomaly” below, and grab The Dream Walker on iTunes.

Featured Image of The Dream Walker by Angels and Airwaves