Dream Tonic’s ‘Essence’ EP is cerebral, otherworldly
A thorough listen of singer-songwriter-producer Kristin Allen-Farmer’s Essence EP will illuminate just why her chosen moniker, Dream Tonic, is an appropriate alias. Known for her titillating toplines, warm pads, and heavy subs, the classically trained pianist and multi-instrumentalist often deals within the dream-pop and trip-hop spaces, curating hazy, lush listening experiences, the latest of which is christened the Essence EP. Released via ill.Gates’ Producer Dojo label, the five-tracker finds Dream Tonic exercising her singing, songwriting, and producing capacities in haunting sonic frameworks. Broadly, the project dabbles in “darkness intermingled with hope,” says Allen-Farmer, who is noteworthy not only for her work under the Dream Tonic name, but also for writing music for both film and TV; some of which was most recently featured in the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at the Walt Disney World Resort.
“Spark,” the EP’s opening number, embodies this sonic motif while standing out as one of its most compelling inclusions. “When I wrote ‘Spark,’ I was in the middle of a very dark time. I had recently lost a person who I loved very much in a sudden and unexpected way. I felt like I was living in a black hole with no way out. Then I remembered that there are people around me who love me, who are still living, and that they need me to emerge, to come out and be my fullest, truest self. This song is a testament to anyone who loves someone and serves as their mirror, reminding them of the fullness of their beauty and potential when they can’t remember it themselves,” she contextualized.
Streamers can start the Essence listening there below.