Sometimes what you need after a hard day is not driving bass or screaming guitars; sometimes you just need quiet strumming on the violin and soothing vocals. Music that calms the spirit and drains the stress away. This is the kind of respite you will find in the acoustic compositions of American Dreamer. But if you were to go through their catalog of songs, you would find that there’s more to their repertoire than heartwarming folk tunes.
So, don’t be too quick to pigeonhole this orchestral folk ensemble into any one musical style. They have a knack for experimentation, using their honed voices and skills on various instruments to encapsulate emotions and ideas as purely as they can. If you have a soft spot for Sufjan Stevens, Yo-Yo Ma or Edgar Meyer, you will have no trouble sipping from the sonic potpourri this Austin, Texas band offers.
American Dreamer began taking shape when Sasha Klare-Ayvazian was still a freshman at Oberlin College, just outside of Cleveland. His roommate was playing the cello along to his songs and the result of this experiment so impressed Sasha that, years later he recorded an EP using this template. This would be American Dreamer’s first ever recording. When he returned to college to pursue his Master’s, Sasha met up with a bunch of classically trained string experts, working with them to reproduce the sound he first envisioned. Together they recorded a live EP ‘Winding up a Dream’ and proceeded to hold a series of shows across central Texas.
All those moves served as preparation for American Dreamer’s first LP, which the band recorded in early 2016 with the help of engineer/producer Andrew Oedel. ‘Restless Nights’. With these 11 innovative and expertly groomed tracks, the group has managed to strike a fine balance between the traditional and the contemporary; improvisation and time-tested techniques. It is evident that it has taken a lot of patience and dedication to find this sweet spot. Their fretless style might take some getting used to, especially on rock-leaning cuts like ‘Howl’. But on songs like ‘All The Time’ it comes together so beautifully and effortlessly.
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