ACER (not the tech brand) are a dream pop duo who have turned endings into new beginnings. Multi-instrumentalist Kyle Gottschalk and vocalist/art director Connory Ballantyne both ended significant relationships around the same time. Both decided to take trips away to reflect on the closing of one door and it turned out to be the opening of another. Both were previously in a band called House Art but decided to form ACER because of their shared live experiences and wanting to create music out of that rut. They became housemates for the pandemic and their debut self-titled EP has just come out now.
New single “Someone Else’s Dream” starts off ephemeral and light as it dreamily fumbles through its dream state. Then at the halfway mark, it glitches into a more visceral gear. The guitars and drums take on a diving post-rock menace and it reflects the beauty and sadness of knowing a relationship is ending. Connory calls the release a “catharsis”. For me, there’s also a shoegazing element to their sound too – dare I say… dreamgaze? If it is not an official genre, it should be!
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