The Psych-Prog-Rock Duo, Matthew & Doris Melton are back with their second Dream Machine album: "Breaking the Circle" The second song on the album, “Run of the Mill,” starts with an off-rhythm drum and organ that winds through several time signatures before finally landing with Doris Melton’s seemingly-angelic vocals. While the tone and feeling of the song may not be “heavy,” the influences from bands like Black Sabbath and other progressive bands of this era show in this song.
“Fool’s Paradise” and “We’ll Never Stop” have their own kind power and drive behind them, but while the rest of the album seems to have used influences and made something unique and beautiful from them, I was lost in the familiarity of the riffs of these two songs. “Fool’s Paradise” sounded like Blondie’s “Call Me,” and “We’ll Never Stop” sounded like “Born to be Wild” by Steppenwolf. However, both have redeeming qualities: The riding bass line throughout “Fool’s Paradise” sets the energy, and is a compelling way to roll into the album, and although I thought “We’ll Never Stop” lacked stamina for the majority of the song, I think the most interesting guitar and organ solo is on this track.
My favorite part of Dream Machine lies within the uber-talented Doris Melton. While I enjoyed the songs like “Breaking the Circle” and “Lost in the Thrill” where Matthew Melton’s guitar and vocals were at lead, I found myself enthralled by Doris’ intriguing piano at the beginning of “Your Dream has No Purpose,” or her Nancy Sinatra-esque vocal performance on “Fuel to the Fire.”