Label: Sub Pop Records
Dum Dum Girls main gal Dee Dee nails the rock-goddess coolness of Chrissie Hynde and the hippie-girl dreaminess of Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval on her quartet's sophomore album. Where their 2010 debut, I Will Be, was rooted more in Shangri-La shoegazer squall, Only in Dreams is darker in theme yet lighter and sharper in sound. Rhythms snap, hands clap and guitars shudder with surf-rock playfulness. There's sexy schoolgirl coyness ("Bedroom Eyes"), poignant Pretenders rock ("Hold Your Hand"), irresistible indie pop ("Just a Creep") and the silkiest dream pop since "Fade Into You" ("Coming Down").