Chapter 1: Yesterday's Dreams

by Dreams in Stereo

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A note from Akshay and Kevin:

Our first experimental album, Yesterday's Dreams, is a collection of jams and ideas from our time in Ithaca. With just a few instruments, some free recording software, and an expansive imagination, we set out on a journey to create an album from end to end. What you're about to hear and see - the composition, recording, production, stories, and art - are all a product of Dreams in Stereo.

Yesterday's Dreams captures and reproduces the diversity of human experience - some constantly seek more attention and care; some continuously flap around the pool to achieve far-fetched goals; some live only for the few minutes of glory in their lives; some try to resist change but fall terribly short; some reciprocate things they had never expected; and some get lost, not knowing what's right or wrong anymore.

We're thrilled to present - Yesterday's Dreams by Dreams in Stereo.

Enjoy,
DS

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released August 15, 2015

Winter, 2013 - Summer, 2015
Dreams in Stereo
Akshay Dhawan & Kevin Lee

Cover art: "Constant Conversations" by Kiki Li
Dream Vapor art: Kelsey Burgers
Ellen's Thoughts art: Kelsey Burgers & Kevin Lee
Fat boy in Swimming Pool art: Kiki Li & Kevin Lee
Gryffindor the Black Cat art: Gina Choi & Kevin Lee

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Dreams in Stereo New York, New York

A experimental, progressive rock duo formed in Ithaca, NY. The rhythmically minded musicians composed and recorded most of their music in a damp basement, but now spend their time sending tracks to each other from opposite sides of the world.

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Track Name: Dream Vapor
Intro: Dream Vapor
Inevitability

Our journey into Yesterday's Dreams starts with "Dream Vapor" - an emotional saga of a young couple struggling with the battle against time. Days once spent joyfully and carelessly are met with the harsh realities of life and the ever-present force of time...

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Track Name: Gina Part A
Gina Part A & B
Serendipity

A lot of credit goes to Gina on the flute for the warmth and the composition of both songs; thus naming the song after her. Part A is a straightforward yet interactive conversation between the flute part and the guitar part. While the guitar part sets the tempo and structure to the song...

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Track Name: Gina Part B
Gina Part A & B
Serendipity

A lot of credit goes to Gina on the flute for the warmth and the composition of both songs; thus naming the song after her. Part A is a straightforward yet interactive conversation between the flute part and the guitar part. While the guitar part sets the tempo and structure to the song...

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Track Name: Ellen's Thoughts
Ellen's Thoughts
Cynicism

It all started from this song, an easy-listening one, appealing to both sober and intoxicated audiences: frankly, better intoxicated. But drink with responsiveness...

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Hello?
Wait...I'm talking to myself
Where is this? Where am I?
Am I...dreaming?
Is this...
Wait

Last time I was here...
I don't remember
There's too much to keep track of
How did I get here? How do I get out?
Do I want to?

What's the theme?
One second I'm cleaning the house
The next...someone's wearing their shoes
Damn...even in my dream, people don't take off their shoes
One second I'm playing things I thought I couldn't
The next, there's a fat boy in a pool

Oh the day's I've spent
Snoozing my life away
Just let me spend a little longer here
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Track Name: Day Fly
Day Fly
Hedonism

Originally named "That shit that I cannot play", the song portrays a life of a dayfly that every human being in the world mimics to a certain extent. There are slow parts of our lives; there are excessively ornate parts of our lives; eventually, all leads up to an exciting, but imminent ending...

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Track Name: Fat Boy in Swimming Pool
Fat Boy in Swimming Pool
Meaninglessness

One day, Akshay and I went swimming and saw a fairly large man. This man, not caring about his looks, or really anything for that matter, swam many laps around the pool. Probably more laps than we did. We do not know his personality nor his intention of being there. All we knew was that he was slow enough for us to pass him multiple times when we were in the same lane. This song is dedicated to this man.

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Track Name: Snoozing My Life Away
Outro: Snoozing My Life Away
Acedia

This outro is a nice wrap-up to our first experimental album. Rounding out the different emotions explored in the tracks, apathetic listlessness is what we went after here. Just like snoozing our alarm clock to get that 5 more minutes of sleep on a Monday morning after a crazy weekend, we often push the snooze on our life choices...

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