Corey Cunningham’s Business of Dreams is all about emotional catharsis. When his father passed away a few years ago, Cunningham took leave from his long-running Bay Area/LA musical partnerships Magic Bullets and Terry Malts to return to his home state of Tennessee to grieve and confront his past.
Making music to cope with this loss resulted in Business of Dreams’ lovely eponymous debut album, an unexpected pop pleasure that wound up on Bandcamp’s and Raven Sings The Blues’ year-end lists for 2017. Soon the live version of Business Of Dreams took shape as Cunningham opened for Rogue Wave on a national tour and played scores of local shows with Frankie Rose, Real Estate and many others.With his new album “Ripe For Anarchy,” Cunningham has honed the songwriting with an eye towards regret, existence, and perseverance.
“The album is about living in the moment, shedding neurosis, and the desire to discard the general societal malaise weve been roped into.””Ripe For Anarchy” is a through-and-through ode to indie pop, in the historic definition of the genre. “My Old Town” and “N.R.E.A.M.” could be album cuts on a Grant McLennan solo album, “Dont Let Our Time Expire” and “Naive Scenes” could
be The Smiths, the Sparklehorse cover “The Hatchet Song” bears an uncanny resemblance to Australian pop pioneers Even As We Speak, and “I Feel Dread” has the unmistakable earmarks of The Field Mice.
Chasing That Feeling / My Old Town / Ripe For Anarchy / N.R.E.A.M. / Don’t Let Our Time Expire / I Never Could Tell You / The Hatchet Song / Naive Scenes / La La La La / I Feel Dread / Keep The Blues Away
Slumberland CDSLR237 / LPSLR237