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Album review: 'Icebreaker' 

Dreamland Faces



Rochester expats Dreamland Faces break the ice on its new EP (and 10-inch vinyl), "Icebreaker," with a slight case of discordant chaos that has the duo welcoming coronet, cello, and mysterious noises that grow on the listener like an itch. You see, Dreamland Faces is an accordion and saw duo. That's right: a saw. And it's the most angelic and melancholic strain you'll ever hear.

Adding to the precious fragility and quirk is accordionist Karen Majewicz's voice as it intones over a bed of accordion, Andy McCormick's saw, and the music box ether. The sound is a little denser than what's found in their earlier work since the duo incorporates other instruments and those respective characters and tones.

A staple at Java's at the Public Market before moving to The Twin Cities about 10 years ago, Dreamland Faces offered the sepia-toned soundtrack as we sipped coffee and imagined ourselves in a silent movie as it unfolded before us. "Icebreaker" is hauntingly beautiful with its allusions to sidewalk cafes, sophistication, heartache, and a time where everything was punctuated by a cigarette magic.

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