Ambient post-rockers THE DANDELION WAR from Oakland, California have returned with a stunning batch of lavish, atmospheric songs on their sophomore album We Were Always Loyal To Lost Causes. The quintet has broadened their sound, drenching reverb-laden guitars and vocals with bright electronic elements and textures. Album opener Strange Ghosts makes quite a statement, reaching its pinnacle with a barrage of synthesized strings and flourishing Jonsi-esque vocals. However, the band doesn’t entirely abandon the traditional approach of building quiet textures into cascades of awesome noise. Drifters is perfect example: beginning with a vibraphone and a voice, the song crescendos into a
potent and melodic soundscape of guitars, bass, drums and xylophone. The album also has its more introspective moments: A Different Heav’n and Bloom skip the post-rock dynamic shifting and focus on melody and texture instead. The guitars drone, building a lush foundation for the gorgeous vocals and synth melodies. Overall, THE DANDELION WAR has taken the best of post-rock, ambient indie and shoegaze and created something new that simply captures your attention. For people who enjoy atmospheric music that washes over you, We Were Always Loyal To Lost Causes is 55 minutes of bliss...best enjoyed in one long listening session with the volume turned up loud.