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Ajax Ray O’Vague – Dreaming in Subtitles (Self Released)

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Anthony J. Resta is a quiet genius. The producer that has launched many great albums in the last two decades and has a resume that includes working with bands and musicians like Elton John, Duran Duran, and Collective Soul among others.


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After all of these years and all of this experience, it is only natural that he would come out with a solo album to call his own. Using the name Ajaz Ray O’Vague, Dreaming In Subtitles is a collection of pop songs that mystify the mind and explore dreamlike sequences of floating melodies and lush harmonies. This isn’t a Garbage album gloriously united by a series of producers, but Resta knows what he is doing. What he does on this expansive list of songs is to keep a purity to the pop structure that built up this society of bobble-headed, dooey-eyed dreamsters.

“Best Days Of Our Lives” demonstrates something simple and relaxing with a cool breeze added as a groove. The hooks are memorable, and Resta nails it! The beauty of it is that it feels so effortless. The falsetto offset by fuzz guitar offset by jangly pop and down the chain.

So that’s just one song. How does the rest of the album stack up? There is a consistency although songs like “Nobody’s Looking”  or “Calling All Galaxies” does not fare up to the brilliance of the opener. However there is “Presto Manifesto” which takes things in a different direction, adding electronics to psychedelic murmurs like a day passing you by on the beach. These downtempo sun drenched tunes really accentuate the foundational elements the album brings us.

Each listen is different. It bothered me at first because it added to the confusion of truthfully writing about this album, an album I instantly gravitated toward.  I really like this song. Wait! It does not have the potential of this other song! One listen became different the next. It still constantly changes based on my mood and external factors that all lay a hand in the success of this album. Nonetheless, if your eyes are longing for the Shaun Cassidy or Orange Peels pop days of sunny yor, then get ready for a flashback.

Andrew Duncan
Dug out from a pile of zines and hot sauce, Andrew Duncan has contributed to many publications through the years, including Chord and work with the ever so spunky Readyset...Aesthetic! He now resides deep within your membrane.

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