The Dream Academy – Life in a Northern town (12″)

dreamingFrom 1985 and the dream pop of The Dream Academy. The one with the Enya like chants, it soothes, it calms in a wistful way. I didn’t really like it when it first came out but it is a fine track to these older ears.Produced by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, it is all about Nick Drake and his battle with depression. The singer’s voice reminds of Bernard Sumner (New Order) crossed with bits Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream) especially on the 2 quality B-sides.

The whale samples on “Test Tape No.3” start a slice of drum machine driven indie, a bit like later Talk Talk. “Poised On The Edge Of Forever” appeared in the film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and has more than a passing resemblance to Prefab Sprout.

Lucia Holm went on to be the singer in Sunscreem. Dario G sampled the chorus for his house track, “Sunchyme” (is there anymore sun references I can get in?)



A1 Life In A Northern Town (Extended) 5:19
A2 Test Tape No.3 5:03
B1 Life In A Northern Town (7″ Mix) 4:16
B2 Poised On The Edge Of Forever 3:32

6 responses

  1. I’m finding it hard to believe there’s a longer version of this song (don’t get me wrong – I love it, but it seems to go forever). So curiosity is killing me … could you please re-up?

    1. It’s good as well 😀

      1. Well worth the wait – love the little psychedelic trip it takes before wrapping up. Thank you!

  2. Many thanks!

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