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Limited colored vinyl LP pressing. Are dreams the stuff of liberation, of beauty and freedom and life and future? Or are they a dose of painkiller that enables normalcy, a carrot perpetually dangling on a miles-long stick? This is the anxious central tension of Dream Baby, the long-awaited second full-length record from Vancouver's Gold & Youth. "Is it a positive or a negative that we can kind of delude ourselves?" asks frontperson and primary songwriter Matthew Lyall. "It's both."? Dream Baby maps these complexities over a sharp, saccharine web of sounds: Bowie-ish art-rock, Leonard Cohen's sardonic piano wit, throbbing new wave, and alt-pop that darts between arena ambition and bedroom cynicism. Lyall's vision here is sprawling and maximalist with a healthy hint of the apocalyptic and the absurd - an aesthetic and tonal match for our times. It's a fitting melange for a record that ricochets, dazed, past the horrors of extraction capitalism, imperialism, and white supremacy, but all the while clinging for dear life to the comfort and power of interpersonal relations and the possibilities they suggest.