Essex band InMe became a well-engineered band well before the release of their technical album Daydream Anonymous in 2007. Before this poetic, engaging, but harshly underrated record, the band released two remarkable records in Overgrown Eden and White Butterfly. These were pivotal to the growth of the act, and put them on the map commercially, until the mainstream tag was forgotten. And Daydream Anonymous may have not been in the eyes of the majority, but its magic couldn’t be mistaken.
InMe were never going to be a glamourous band, and they didn’t want to be under the limelight, anyway. Their forward-thinking attitude was instilled thoroughly on Daydream Anonymous, and it became an album for the forgotten, the people who needed a crutch, and hope even under the darkest of clouds. It was such a diverse opus too, which took snippets from previous LPs creating an extraordinary disc.
Lead singer Dave McPherson crafted these above standard lyrics that were majestic and emotional. His masterful touch was pushed deeply into the record. His guitar work was also technical beyond anything he had done before. The album blew many minds because of this, and the work this band put into it couldn’t be understated.
Every song had its place. Some loud, some slow, some subtle. They all meant something to the listener and the band. Myths And Photographs began the record on a loud note. Brazen guitar work and vocals of urgency from McPherson made for a fast and volatile start. I Won’t Let Go became a fan favourite. A sad portrayal of lost love, it provided technical guitar trickery and poignancy. Turbulence didn’t soar. It was a beautiful ballad that resonated with many. Such beauty, such sadness. It didn’t blare, but it became a song to confide in. Thanks For Leaving Me was another sorrowful track, with groove and verve. McPherson sounded like a dejected man.
Daydream Anonymous was an album many dismissed. A record many didn’t get. But for some it was the perfect collection, brimming in brilliant anecdotes and emotion.