Alice Boman’s ‘Dream On’ is a poignant yet stunning pop album

Alice Boman’s ‘Dream On’ is a poignant yet stunning pop album

Photo: Marta Thisner
Words by Tom Walters

There’s some deep themes here.

The press release for Alice Boman’s debut album says that cinema is what inspires her the most, especially films “where you lose sense of time and place” such as Moonlight and In the Mood for Love

It’s within this timelessness that Dream On resides – a beautiful chamber pop album that sounds like something you’d find in the furthest depths of a second-hand record store.

Opening track ‘Wish We Had More Time’ perfectly sets the stage for the romantic, cameo-tinted world that Boman has built. “When you take me in your arms/make me forget it’s for the last time/I wish we had more time” she sings over delicate keys, simultaneously conjuring a sense of uplift and heartbreak.

Dream On wrestles with disappointment and sadness throughout its ten tracks, the majority of which are structured like traditional pop songs – this is quite possibly the influence of producer Patrik Berger’s resume, which includes work with Robyn, Charli XCX, Icona Pop and Santigold. 

Its lush, quiet details invite you to slow down and reflect – if you’re looking to get lost for a while, Dream On is an invitation you should definitely accept.