Dreamland (Beat Circus album)

Dreamland

Studio album by Beat Circus

Released
January 29, 2008

Recorded
2006 in New York City

Genre
Dark cabaret, experimental

Length
45:06

Label
Cuneiform Records

Producer
Martin Bisi, Brian Carpenter

Beat Circus chronology

Ringleaders Revolt
(2004)
Dreamland
(2008)
Boy From Black Mountain
(2009)

Professional ratings

Review scores

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Allmusic
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Boston Globe
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Washington Post
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Dreamland is the second studio album by American band Beat Circus. It was released on January 29, 2008 by Cuneiform Records, and shares its title with the turn-of-the-century Coney Island theme park which burned in a devastating fire in 1911. The album is a 150-page score for 9 musicians composed and arranged by Brian Carpenter and produced by Martin Bisi. Album artwork was created by Brian Dewan, who also performed electric zither on the album. Dreamland marks the first installment of Carpenter’s Weird American Gothic trilogy.[7]

Contents

1 Track listing
2 Musicians
3 Performances
4 Trivia
5 References

Track listing[edit]
All music and lyrics by Brian Carpenter, except “Dark Eyes” and “Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland”. Recorded in 2006 by Martin Bisi at his B.C. Studios in Brooklyn, New York.

“Gyp the Blood” – 2:22
“The Ghost of Emma Jean” – 4:43
“Hypnogogia” – 1:02
“Delirium Tremens” – 4:06
“Lucid State” – 1:04
“Death Fugue” – 3:11
“The Good Witch” – 0:44
“Dark Eyes” – 3:01
“Slavochka” – 4:08
“The Gem Saloon” – 3:26
“El Torero” – 1:20
“The Rough Riders” – 4:19
“Coney Island Creepshow” – 3:32
“Hell Gate” – 2:37
“Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland” – 3:07
“March of the Freaks” – 2:24

Musicians[edit]

Brian Carpenter – Vocals, Harmonica, Pump Organ, Trumpet, Toy Piano, Tambourine, Slide Trumpet, Percussion
Alec K. Redfearn – Accordion, Jawharp
Brandon Seabrook – Tenor Banjo, Slide Guitar, Mandolin
Kaethe Hostetter – Violin, Viola
Julia Kent – Cello
Briggan Krauss – Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Matt McLaren – Drums, Brake Drums, Washboard, Percussion
Ron Caswell – Tuba
Curtis Hasselbring – Trombone
Brian Dewan – Electric Zither
Chris Jenkins – Viola
Steven Berson – Cello
Helen Yee – Violin
Michael Hearst – Theremin
Sxip Shirey – Bells, Triple-Extended Pennywhistle, Breath Blasts
Jesse Sparhawk – Harp
Todd Robbins – Upright Piano
Frank Difficult – Electronics
Orion Rigel Dommisse – Vocals
Holly Brewer – Vocals
M@ McNiss
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