Bouquet // In A Dream EP
Recommended Track: Falling
Perhaps I didn’t do enough experimental music/art hybrid projects in college to be a fair judge, but don’t let the genre classifier “dream-pop” completely fool you: Bouquet’s latest EP isn’t quite sleepy-time tea for the ears.
Just like Bambi lured us with the cheery color palette and adorable forest creatures that conveniently used thumbs to pick flowers and could talk well enough to shoot-the-shit, only to eventually reveal a much darker undercurrent; LA-based duo Bouquet exhibits very similar tactics. Whatever inspired Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs and Max Foreman—be it animated kids movies, actual dreams or otherwise—they have mastered the art of subtle yet deep stories woven amongst cotton-candy vibes, and it works for them. The first track “In A Dream” is a perfect example and a strong start; just upbeat enough to keep you on your toes and paying attention.
Both “Come to Your House” and “Stacks on Stacks” have story lines that will fulfill either your worst nightmare or your greatest fantasy, depending on what you’re into. These tracks somehow manage to keep (most of) the creepy incognito with Rigg’s inviting, steady vocals and Foreman’s constant synthesizer wailing like a spoiled VHS tape.
Bouquet has collaborated with Telefantasy Studios on a video for their first released track from this EP, “Stacks on Stacks” which can be viewed here. They have also recruited various other artists to make their self-proclaimed “kaleidoscopic pop” come to life through claymation and GIFs. I’d be curious to see how these tracks play out in a live-setting, but I would be willing to bet that it would be much more charming with some visuals to boot.