Dreamhour just released his sophomore full-length album titled PROPSTVR today, a follow up to 2018’s VLLNS, released by New Retrowave Records.
You can stream it here:
Album booklet/zine: https://www.flipsnack.com/deboj/dreamhour-propstvr.html
Dreamhour also released a video for the song, How It Goes off the album. You can play it here:
“My cousin shot most of the video back in 2019 at his college, but my computer just couldn’t handle the editing and I couldn’t afford to get someone else to do it for me. The computer would heat up every time I tried to render the edits and shut down before reaching even 20% of the export. Eventually, I forgot about it. But a couple of weeks ago I had this idea of playing the video on the editing software and capturing the screen using a screengrabber tool. In spite of the CPU lags, I could get this decent albeit low resolution and glitch-y recording of the video. Some edits here and there later, I was able to make this video before my laptop gave up on me for good, again.”
Dreamhour is the musical project of Siliguri based music producer and songwriter Debojyoti Sanyal.
This album has been Sanyal’s way of trying to get comfortable with the fact that he’s already in his mid-20s and still not the ‘international star’ he imagined himself to become, as a kid. “Just millenial things,” he adds.
He takes on time, nostalgia, the internet, politics and wraps it up in a sound reminiscent of 80s synthpop meets Bollywood with modern pop elements thrown in for good measure.
The album has mostly been recorded at the Gorakshnath Hostel in Pune on a ‘dying old computer’ and he describes it as an experience in itself.
“Battling noise complaints from neighbours, bloodthirsty bed bugs, an old computer consistently giving up on you, bad recording (and living) conditions and days of running out of lunch money later, the album somehow finally got made. The place and its tiny rooms had a charm of its own. The claustrophobia added to the experience than take away from it. If I had the choice I wouldn’t be living there, but it still wasn’t as bad as it may seem.”
PROPSTVR is available now on all major online music stores: https://ffm.to/propstvr
All artwork has been created by Pune based artist and animator Anusha Menon.
Internot lyric video (check out the ‘dying old computer’ in action here):