Uninvited Dreams is the Polish, prog-rock band Osada Vida's third full length studio album. With more time changes than an airport in the snow, it is their most complex and compelling work to date.
Uninvited Dreams, which arrives with superb artwork by keyboard player Rafal Paluszek, follows on from their debut, Three Seats Behind A Triangle, released in 2007, and The Body Parts Party, which appeared the following year.
When the bands four members got down to writing the material for this one they had one aim in mind. There would be no compromises. The result is a well constructed, superbly engineered, expertly played album of near epic proportions. There is so much going in within the album that it reveals more of itself with each successive play. It is bold, brave, alive with imagination, vast in scope, and hugely ambitious.
Only accomplished musicianship could carry off a work of this scale. This is more than achieved through the soaring guitar work of Bartek Bereska, the bass and vocals of Lukasz Lisiak, Rafal’s sweeping keys, and the inventive drumming of Adam Podzimski. With lyrics in English the concept is dark and mysterious.
The music ranges classily through symphonic prog, jazz, prog-metal, alt-rock, rock, and metal in a whirlwind maze of movement. The scale of the bands ambition hits you from the first moments of the opening title track which arrives rich with jazz fusion influences.
“Twenty thousand days, like twenty thousand nights, with twenty thousand dreams, some of them I don’t invite", sings Lukasz as the ideas begin to flow.
“My Nightmare Is Scared Of Me” unfolds after a hauntingly atmospheric opening sequence and builds effortlessly into a dramatic example of what this band can produce. Searing guitar work from Bartek Bereska adds sparks to the overall impact.
The pervading darkness continues through the controlled, yet jarring chaos of “Childmare (A Goodnight Story)” which evolves into a constantly shifting, disturbingly vivid track. Look out for the excellent keys and a guitar solo that sets it on fire at the end.
“Lack Of Dreams” kicks off with Adam’s drums before luscious eastern themes paint evocative pictures. It weaves its enthralling magic through various cleverly constructed shifts, unexpected twists and another scorching guitar break along with lovely vocals from guest Natalia Krakwiak.
After this extraordinarily impressive journey comes a pair of equally compelling and near seamless instrumentals. “Is This The Devil From Spain?” and “Is That The Devil From Spain Too?”.
The first opens with Spanish guitars illuminating some of the darkness like shafts of light through a curtain. With the second Osada Vida suddenly switch gear and take us on a journey through another mind blowing maze.
The album comes to an end with “Neverending Dream” another fascinating labyrinth adventure. It seems clear that music literally flows from the fertile creativity of this band and I am sure there is some quality stuff lying on a cutting room floor somewhere. What is left though is of the very highest quality indeed.
Imaginative, compelling, and never predictable this is an album well worth diving headlong into.
Uninvited Dreams is available through Metal Mind Productions in two versions. There is a standard jewel case issue along with a digipak version which has three bonus tracks, “2304”, “S.L.E.E.P.” and a special single version of the title track. It comes with more of the high quality artwork and is now available in the U.S. having appeared in Europe a few months ago.