Album Review: InMe – “Trilogy:Dawn”
Thanks to everyone’s favourite fan funding site PledgeMusic, InMe have embarked on a three album journey entitled – unsurprisingly – Trilogy. The first album to be unveiled to the world is Dawn, and good God, is it a monster. Combining complex musical landscapes with mind-bendingly huge choruses and earworms that may well eat your brain alive, InMe are here for your heart, soul and, erm, that bit of brain that songs go round and round in, because that’s where Dawn is going to live for the foreseeable future.
The album opens with Creation:Amethyst, a slow burning tune full of ringing chords that’s blessed with an epic chorus showing how Dave McPherson’s voice has really matured of late, then things get riffular for Beloved: Seraphia, Seraphia. A heavy riff starts things off then a melody so sweet it rots your teeth enters, and a chorus and bridge that redefine the word huge round things off.
Rapture: Land of the Secret Rose brings more riffage and yet another melody that, if presented in a pop song, would have teenage girls hanging off InMe’s turnups. Amnesty: Bonsai Forest begins with a punky chord sequence that is very Alkaline Trio, but the song also gets a bit electronica on your ass, and yes the melody is once again way too hooky to come from one man’s brain. Then Mr McPherson does it again.
Chrysalis: Lone Dance On an Empty Train Carriage, while lengthy in title is immediate in melody. You will not hear a better pop song this year, or I’ll scoff my beanie. Even on the bleak Hymn: Ivory Elder where McPherson delves into the dark subject of alcoholism, the catchiness cannot be suppressed.
But despite all this awesome, InMe know exactly how to end an album properly, and they do so with Reverie: Aquarium. Building from a quiet, clean picked start, the song is carefully layered so that it builds and builds until the musical release at the end, as McPherson is bellowing ‘You won’t be there when my heart stops beating’ and sounding as if he’s about to pass out, is orgasmic (musically orgasmic you understand).
Dawn is InMe's sixth studio album and it shows the band hitting an artistic peak that's going to be hard for them to follow. But if they do, we're all in for one hell of a treat.