Welcome to “Slept On Songs”. In this column, you’ll find recommendations for songs and artists you’ve never heard of but will definitely like. Whether it’s music released by an unknown artist in the past week or underrated songs by major artists that have passed under your radar, this series will ensure you get your weekly dose of fresh indie music.
Brisbane-based indie rock band Last Dinosaurs exploded onto the indie rock scene with their debut album, ‘In a Million Years’, in 2011. After establishing themselves with this strong debut album, they went on to release two more records. , “Wellness” (2015) and “Yumeno Garden” (2018), in the span of three years.
“Yumeno Garden” was the group’s first entirely self-created project. The four members of Last Dinosaurs – vocalist and rhythm guitarist Sean Caskey, lead guitarist Lachlan Caskey, bassist Michael Sloane and drummer Dan Koyama – wrote, produced, mixed and mastered the album by themselves, up to the independent nature of their group.
Last Dinosaurs songs force listeners to forget about everything and do something fun. Exploding with distorted vocals, they’re bursting with life and perfect for playing at full volume as you and your friends drive to places you’ve never been before. “Yumeno Garden“, in particular, is a record full of catchy tracks you can bang your head over. Filled with lively drums and melodic guitar riffs, any song on the album can lift your spirits.
“Yumeno Garden” opens with “Eleven,” a fast-paced indie rock rager that fits in very much like The Strokes’ music. The song expresses the feeling of living for yourself once in a lifetime. Its rich, heavily distorted guitar solo ties the song together like a strong opening track. Last Dinosaurs rarely lets the energy fade as listeners sift through its track list, showcasing one lively song after another.
The album’s second track, “Dominos”, perfectly matches the vibrant nature of the record. With a catchy hook and driving beat, it lets you lose yourself in the colorful and bubbly world that Last Dinosaurs has generated. Each song in “Yumeno Garden” tackles a different theme but is also suitable for anyone who wants to step back from the relentless struggles of everyday life and dance to those tunes.
However, a few songs layer contemplative lyrics over these light-hearted backing tracks, allowing for a more nuanced listening experience. For example, the album’s fourth track, “Sense”, perfectly juxtaposes the lyrics of a breakup with dynamic and lively instrumentals. Poignant themes like those on “Sense” give the album added depth with their perspective and emotion.
“Yumeno Garden” is like spending a day at the beach. The record begins with catchy rock anthems signifying the joyful and positive energies of the day. But soon, the sun begins to set and the disc slows down to reflect on a variety of emotions, such as lost love and acute longing. In particular, the ballad track “Italo Disco” evokes the streets of a small Italian town and plans to live forever in a specific moment.
The band uses places to represent feelings and people many times throughout the album. “Italo Disco” brings the emotions of nostalgia and longing to the streets of Italy, and “Shallow Boy” connects the city of Paris to a person. These vivid geographic connections throughout the record add a dimension of imagery for the listener.
Overall, Last Dinosaurs is a special band that makes sure to represent the personalities and stories of its members in their well-written indie rock songs. His dynamic album “Yumeno Garden” is the perfect companion for anyone who wants to get lost in the moment and get away from the stresses of the 21st century.
Editor’s note: This article is a review and contains subjective opinions, reflections and criticisms.