Spin Moon Magic
When they first appeared in the mid-'90s, the Dreamside were a largely electronic duo of a multi-instrumentalist and a female singer, creating prog-influenced goth pop highly reminiscent of early Dead Can Dance. A decade on, the Dutch band has expanded into a five-piece with a considerably harder and more guitar-oriented sound. As a result, new album Spin Moon Magic is more than a little reminiscent of Evanescence, if Amy Lee had been heavily influenced by Cocteau Twins' Liz Fraser. Vocalist Kemi Vita doesn't reach the stratospheric heights of Fraser's inimitable soprano, but she has very similar phrasing, particularly in those passages in which she's singing in her native tongue. The single "Open Your Eyes" manages a catchy chorus that vaguely recalls '80s alterna-goths like Gene Loves Jezebel or the Cult.