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    “The Dream” from William Maselli

    Striking out from the silence like a beam of light amidst total darkness, we find the signature guitar part that will pepper the whole of “The Dream” from William Maselli this summer, perhaps, on its own, reason enough to check out this endearing new single. Compositionally speaking, there’s something quite removed from overindulgence here that speaks to the minimalist movement in contemporary rock, but to say that “The Dream” doesn’t feel more classical than it does anything in the pop realm would be to tell an outright lie. Maselli is creating something much more involved than the status quo calls for in this song, and it’s rightly getting him a lot of attention from critics.

    The vocal is woven into the fabric of this arrangement as opposed to standing on its own, and although I might have put just a little more volume behind its position in a few different spots closer to the conclusion of the song, I can still appreciate its melodic depth here for sure. Rather than trying to establish a narrative through his words exclusively, Maselli is building the mood here from the ground up and serving the emotions in his verses with a musical backdrop worthy of their weight.

    I absolutely adore the contrast in this performance, and whether you’re a fan of this kind of music or not, I think there’s something to be said about the way brawn is made to interact with brains in “The Dream.” As its title suggests, this is a single that lives and dies by the postmodernity of its statements, the biggest of which come through the clashing of elements otherwise too straightforward in presentation to develop tension. Maselli is more accomplished than the average songwriter, and his abilities are on full display in this piece.

    Though there are some who need a drum element to feel the strength of a tempo, there’s no need for bawdy percussion in “The Dream,” and, to be frank, I don’t think it would have done anything for the story that this player is trying to tell us here. Including some additional physicality honestly would have shattered the continuity of the verses, especially where they stand as an extension of the minimalism in the arrangement. You could rework the bones of this single a few different ways, but in no scenario does excess do anything for what it was made for.

    He takes his time finding the epicenter of this song’s grand tale, but when he gets there, William Maselli sounds like the kind of composer and performer that has been missing from this generation’s plethora of intriguing and diverse talent. He’s putting a lot of stock into the concept here, but to call him a progressive artist would be to dismiss the intricacy of the full product at hand. “The Dream” is deeply poetic in more ways than one, and it’s introducing us to a potential in Maselli that I cannot wait to hear him experiment with a bit more in the near future.

    Trace Whittaker

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