The Dreaming Spires are organically the Bennett brothers, Robin and Joe, alongside regular drummer Jamie Dawson and an assortment of guest players. Amongst these include ‘Free Jazz’ Geoff Widdowson on sax, like the brothers an honorary ‘Champion of the World’, and Jackie Oates adding violin. Once again the album is released on Clubhouse Records, a label punching way above its weight. They certainly know their music and teaming up with The Dreaming Spires encompasses their ethos of bridging the gap between classic British new wave and country tinged Americana. This 10 track-47 minute long release effortlessly moves through the gears embracing racing guitars, brass, keyboards and steel, all in a haze of lyrical brilliance and melting melodies.
The pen of Robin has been the source of all ten songs, either from a solo or collaborative perspective, and they mix well with a sound often wandering into psychedelic territory while spilling out of the Oxfordshire countryside and heading west. Accusations of The Dreaming Spires spiralling into a late 60s and 70s retro mode are proudly upheld and they expertly capture the mood of an iconic past with well-balanced vocals enticing you to drift with them on their journey, far from aimlessly, veering towards the west coast.
Title track ‘Searching for the Supertruth’ epitomises the mystical qualities of the record and whether they find it or not can be discovered in multiples of listens that rarely strain the ear. Likewise the delightful harmonies that decorate ‘If I Didn’t Know You’ resonate with pure aural pleasure leaving the final slots for the short soulful strands found in ‘When the Magic Comes’ and the stripped back acoustic intro to ‘All Kinds of People’.