Dreamboat is the highly apropos name for an unlikely collaboration between folk guitarist and vocalist Ilyas Ahmed and synth-clarinet duo Golden Retriever. Giving rein to improvisation, they’ve made a record that merges Ahmed’s deeply colored, emotionally charged playing with the strange and structurally intricate sounds of Jonathan Sielaff’s processed bass clarinet and Matt Carlson’s analog synth. The A-side of Dreamboat’s forthcoming self-titled is intensely moving, with lunar synth sounds blooming out of a heartrending melody on 12-string guitar and Ahmed’s affected vocals melding with the clarinet. “Aftershock” moves through nervous synths to arrive at the more unsettled “Face to Face,” which at its climax erupts into a chorus of spacey reverberations underlaid by a grounding bassline. Each new gesture feels strikingly organic, grown from the last, embedding a deep sense of a lived-in atmosphere over the course of fifteen minutes.
Dreamboat is out March 4 on MIE Music.