Electronic dream-pop? That seems to be the most fitting description for the new album from the duo of Tobias Wilner and Bo Rande, better known as Blue Foundation. Label it whatever you like, I call the majority of it mesmerizing. "In My Mind I Am Free", their fourth full length, is filled with plenty of lush movements, this is certainly an album to get lost in with a set of headphones on, preferably in a darkened room for just the right ambiance.
Wilner is the brainchild behind Blue Foundation, since releasing the debut single for the project in 2000. Rande joined in 2008 and the two multi-instrumentalists are joined by a number of fine vocalists for this new album. Sara Savery features on three tracks, with the best being the string laden "Dressed In Black" which maintains its beauty amongst the heavy beats being laid down. "Flame", another collaboration with Savery, is acoustic heavy for the first half before layers of synths and keyboards wash over the conclusion.
The wonderful Findlay Brown contributes to "Hard Life", the album's longest track at nearly seven minutes. The soulful British singer is long overdue for his next album, and its good to hear him back on record on this exploration of cascading loveliness. It's one of the album's best songs, along with the mostly instrumental and darker, but no less seductive, "Broken Life" and the equally enthralling "Needles". Other vocalists featured on the album are Jonas Bjerre and Cokiyu.
There are also hints at synth-pop, rock and ambient on "In My Mind I Am Free". There are plenty of spiky moments and oddball electronic blips and bloops to keep it interesting and far from ordinary. Blue Foundation have produced a helluva way to lose yourself for an hour with their musical dreamland.
"In My Mind I Am Free" was released May 22, 2012 on Dead People's Choice Records.