Drug Store Romeos change the “Frame of Reference” for dream pop as the indie trio from Hampshire pledge themselves to their own genre of “dream pop trip hop,” as stated in their interview with The Line Of Best Fit. The latest release from the band adds another solid layer to the blueprint of their highly-anticipated music career.
The synth-heavy introduction is a mixture of one-dimensional motion and cinematic tension, holding for 23 seconds, just before breaking into the first verse. It’s exploratory with progressions, enveloping the listener into a world that feels like it came right out of an indie movie. The only thing missing is Timothée Chalamet.
With a repeated verse and chorus, the song is straightforward. The embellishments are heard between the lines. At 1:48, a singular approach to the chorus gives amplified attention to the breathy female vocals. Once again, immersing the listener into this dreamy landscape. At 2:06, the chorus is re-imagined with larger production, behaving as a cathartic transition into the final seconds of the song.
“Frame of Reference” sparkles with flavors of dream pop and alternative. It’s one that has saturated my listening history and topped my best of 2020 track list. I hope you enjoy the listen as much as I do.