The Dream

Tashaki Miyaki was born in 2011, when the duo of Paige Stark and Luke Paquin recorded an impromptu late-night jam. Before they knew it, they were playing their first official show at the 100 Club in London. Six years later, the group has finally released its first full length, The Dream. And the album has some impressive hands on deck, including engineer Dan Horne (Cass McCombs), and guest musicians Joel Jerome (Cherry Glazerr) and Jon Brion (whose film scores include I Heart Huckabees and Punch-Drunk Love) providing some magical pop touches. But Stark remains at the helm, producing the album herself. What’s come of it all is something that’s part dreamy garage rock, part low-tempo shoegaze swagger similar to Mazzy Star. “Out of My Head” is the perfect example. It doesn’t sway too far in either direction, a balanced walk between a little distorted grit, the flair of country balladry, and a pleasing pop sensibility.