Artist Of The Week: The Dream Academy

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The Dream Academy gained popularity in the mid-80s with their unique blend of folk, rock, and pop. They released their self-titled debut album in 1985. It includes their biggest hit, “Life in a Northern Town.”

The band formed in London in 1983 with Nick Laird-Clowes and Gilbert Gabriel. The two played together previously in a band called The Act. They formed The Dream Academy after meeting a young singer named Kate St John. Laird-Clowes and Gabriel were both skilled musicians and songwriters, and St John’s ethereal vocals added a unique touch.

The Dream Academy’s music is dreamy and atmospheric, with a strong emphasis on melody and storytelling. Their songs are filled with evocative imagery and poetic lyrics. They explore themes of nostalgia, longing, and the passing of time. The band also incorporates unusual instruments into their music, such as the oboe, accordion, and mandolin.

“The Dream Academy” reached the top 20 on the UK album charts and the US Billboard 200. The album’s lead single, “Life in a Northern Town,” hit the top 10 in both the UK and US. The song struck a chord with audiences, and it has been covered by multiple artists including Sugarland and Darius Rucker.

The Dream Academy released their follow-up album, “Remembrance Days,” in 1987. It continues their tradition of melodic, atmospheric music. The album’s single, “The Love Parade,” reached the top 20 on the US Billboard Modern Rock chart. Despite the album’s critical acclaim, it did not perform as well commercially as their debut.

The band released “A Different Kind of Weather,” 1990. This third album marked a departure from their earlier sound, featuring a more stripped-down, acoustic approach. While this final release received positive reviews, it failed to gain the same level of commercial success as their earlier work.

The Dream Academy disbanded soon after. The members pursued other projects. Nick Laird-Clowes worked as a songwriter and composer, writing music for film and television. Gilbert Gabriel became a successful session musician.

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