FACE crafts bedroom psych-pop mastery in his “A Dream Is A Wish” EP

I don’t know where Tristan de Beer has been hiding but I’m glad he’s emerged. Hailing from beneath his solo moniker FACE, he wraps up soulful electronic beats in psych influence and silky vocals.

When he’s on stage he’s flanked by Ntokozo Mzimela (Orah and the Kites), Joshua Morris and Francis Broek (In Bloom) – a tasty little band line-up of musicians who have been treading the Cape Town underground scene for a while now.  

The EP is a concept piece, inspired and pivoted off psychology, dreams, and romanticism. The fleeting five-track offering grips from the opening textures of “The Thought of You” right through to the rousing jazzy conclusion of “Around You”.

It’s a dreamy, hazy, dynamic sound. Textural percussion, elusive vocals and sharp piano lines hold it together. “Sunlight” harks to summery streets and love the time of alt-pop – while dreamy psychedelic ambience rules the floating soundscapes of “Still” and “Presence”.

It’s languid and bracing all at once – wrapped into an explorative melting pot, and it’s something I’d like to hear a lot more of.

FACE’s official EP launch is tomorrow at The Waiting Room and you should definitely get involved.