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IAN FELICE

‘IN THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS’

25 AUGUST 2017

IN THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS (25 August 2017)

“Ian Felice’s solo masterpiece”
NO DEPRESSION

“American folk-rock sibling goes it alone with impressive results”
★★★★
Q

“Not surprisingly, In The Kingdom of Dreams refuses to play in the background so, long before “Ten to One” and “In The Final Reckoning” reverberate with drama both personal and social, it becomes impossible not to sit down and listen closely to what Ian Felice is saying. That’s why the cover painting of this album, evocative as it is, only barely intimates everything going on in the songs and the musicianship inside it.”
9/10
GLIDE MAGAZINE

8/10
UNCUT

“an extraordinary piece of work”
A-
THE VINYL DISTRICT

BACK IN BLACK VINYL OF THE WEEK
RADIO EINS

ALBUM OF THE WEEK
KANAL C

“In The Kingdom Of Dreams is the record that Dylan can no longer make. Ian Felice books a studio for just four days and makes a beautiful record.”
REAL ROOTS CAFE

“Dark and powerful, a depressive ambience is threaded throughout this masterful work.”
4/5
MORNING STAR 

“One of the most distinctive voices of our generation, and a peerless lyricist to boot… simply a truly lovely record… The world is certainly a better place with Ian Felice in it. Long may he continue.”
8/10
GOD IS IN THE TV

“It serves as a deeper look into the narrative of The Felice Brothers, showing listeners what Ian Felice as an individual brings to their songwriting board and what he as a human went through to make the Americana authenticity of the band gleam with memories that are realer than he was ever told.”
B-
CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND

“Ian Felice finds a beautiful sweet spot somewhere between Bob Dylan and Jeff Mangum… an excellent collection of songs that holds together remarkably well, full of intrigue and strange imagery – a strong record and one I recommend heartily.”
8/10
AMERICANA UK

“The songs, some of his finest in recent years, are packed with the personal mixed in with all manner of other bizarre and surreal images. Teamed with Simone Felice’s hallucinogenic production and the fluid transitions from one song to the next, what Ian Felice has created is a fair musical adaptation of a long, reminiscent dream. The kind we’ve all had, and that’s the genius of it. It’s personal, but universal, and wrapped up in one healthy package.”
GIGSOUP

“…idiosyncratic and beguiling. A cult album in the making perhaps…”
BLABBER ‘N’ SMOKE

“Ian Felice offers so much beauty, so much inner thought and deliberate musing, that the melancholy is powerful, all consuming and welcomed with all your heart… a magnificent debut from one of the Felice Brothers”
★★★★★
LIVERPOOL SOUND AND VISION

“an instant classic” 4/5
21st Century – Single Of The Week
INDIELONDON

“this stands up as a serious piece of work and important entry into the Felice canon.”
ROCKING MAGPIE

“Ian Felice’s In The Kingdom of Dreams” stands firmly on its feet as an exemplary musical and lyrical achievement.”
KURRENT MUSIC

“Nothing on this album outstays its welcome, there is no dead weight and it is a powerful record… a dark collection of songs with pockets of pain to sink its claws into your soul. But it is also a well-crafted piece of art, an album worthy of praise that it will undoubtedly receive.” 9/10
ALL THE TIME I WAS LISTENING

“The handful of songs he records with his brother Simone produces a pearl of an austere album, in full extension of Springsteens’ acoustic narrative albums (Nebraska or Ghost Of Tom Joad).” ★★★★
WRITTEN IN MUSIC

★★★★
ROCKFARBROR

“With Simone on drums and James on piano this almost counts as a reunion album. But not quite. It’s unmistakably Ian Felice’s album. In all its wonderful, mournful glory.”
HALF LIFE MUSIC

“ten songs of high compositional value presented with the right polish, which gives them warmth and closeness and multiplies the presence of the most outstanding melodies.”
LOS RESTOS DEL CONCIERTO

LIVE

“a remarkable and compelling performance, oozing emotion, angst and passion. I came to this gig as an impartial reviewer and left as a fan.” ★★★★★
BUILDING OUR OWN NASHVILLE

“It was gripping from start to end.”
BIRMINGHAM EXPRESS & STAR

“Felice’s talent as a wordsmith is sublime, there is something Dylanesque in the way he deftly combines the mundane and the ordinary”
GOURMENT GIGS

“Opening the set with the beautiful Water Street it becomes immediately clear that this was going to be an intimate and extraordinary event. Just battered guitar, extraordinary voice and poetry… Ian Felice’s almost trance like delivery as the evening wore on reminded one of early Van Morrison and his forays into the spiritual realms of the music of the soul. There was real poetry here and also vim and vigour. Catch him if you can!”
AMERICANA UK

In The Kingdom Of Dreams is the debut solo album from Ian Felice of The Felice Brothers. The album was recorded in his childhood home of Palenville NY, with his brother Simone Felice on production duties. Simone produced and co-wrote recent hit albums from The Lumineers and Bat For Lashes. On the album, Ian was joined by the original Felice Brothers line-up of James Felice on keys, Simone Felice on drums and Josh Rawson on bass.

 

Ian has been the lead singer and songwriter for The Felice Brothers for over a decade. Born and raised in the Catskill Mountains he moved to New York when he was 18 to study art and soon after began writing songs and performing with his brothers Simone and James. The Felice Brothers was conceived in 2006 after the recording of Iantown, a 10 song album of Ian’s first songs recorded in one night in January of 2006. In the weeks and months that followed, The Felice Brothers began playing bars, restaurants and busking street corners and subways, joined by their friends Josh Rawson on bass and Greg Farley on the fiddle. They continue to play and work as a band after 12 years of prolific song writing and performance and the creation of some 9 albums of original material.

 

In The Kingdom of Dreams is a collection of songs Ian wrote in 2016 and recorded over the course of 4 days in February of 2017, with his brother Simone at the helm. As Ian explains:-

 

“When I began writing the songs that would become In The Kingdom Of My Dreams many were based on memories of my past but not necessarily all literal or in a logical sequence. I became interested in the pull between reality and unreality and also in how time affects memory. By the end of 2016 I was run down from touring America, riding out the storm of political mania and juggling a few personal dilemmas (including the revelation that I would soon be a father). The Kingdom Of Dreams became a place where I could escape from the numbing flood of data that permeates modern life and try to unravel pieces of my past, rearrange memories with dreams or lines from my imagination and construct something that functioned outside the limits of reality. Many of the songs deal with childhood memories of Palenville and its people, like the song “In Memoriam” which is partly about the death of my stepfather when I was 8, “Water Street” that confronts my fears of becoming a father, or “21st Century” that deals with mental illness and politics on a more universal level. It only seemed right that I should make the album there, along the green banks of the Katterskill Creek and with my brother Simone as producer. The result is a pretty reflective record that hopefully blows some cobwebs from the window of my psyche. Many of the things that I was writing at the time didn’t work as songs and so I published a companion book of poetry, Hotel Swampland.”

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