The Spanish rock scene is not exactly the most followed around the world and, to be honest, pretty much no one really knows anything about it from the outside. So I was very curious about approaching Quaoar, a project hailing from Bilbao with an unusual name: it is a minor planet discovered in 2002, just shortly before the band's foundation. The quintet initially came to fame with two albums released in 2007 and 2011, receiving acknowledgments around the Basque Country first and then in the whole of Spain.
Their third effort "Dreamers. Dreaming" should be the one that gets them to the next step, the five musicians make things clear straight away with the opener "Tough Guy" (there also is an official video for it), a rock rush à la Alter Bridge including an over-the-top guitar solo. With "A Big Hole", Iñigo and friends get slower and keep on exploring their influences, as we can clearly hear hints of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden both in terms of vocals and general atmosphere. Nevertheless, Quaoar have something different from the many alternative rock clones inspired by the Seattle sound, and soon you will notice some progressive passages reminiscent of Porcupine Tree, especially evident in "Go To Momo" (another official video) and after that.
The record really is an enjoyable listen, if you like the afore-mentioned sound, although at times it suffers from the usual flaws heard in many self-centered rock bands. Some songs are a bit longer than they should be, but the five musicians sure know what they're doing (the mesmerizing "Fable" is one of the gems on here). The most interesting thing about their style is that there are no given and insurmountable limits to it, Quaoar are always more than happy to explore completely different sounds between one song and another (or even during the same track).
In conclusion, "Dreamers. Dreaming" is a pleasant listen especially suitable for road trips, and it would be quite interesting to see Quaoar live if they managed to organize a European tour at some point. Recommended to people that feel at ease both in company of Eddie Vedder or Steven Wilson, not the ideal choice if you are looking for evil and relentless music.