Miracle Fortress seem far more comfortable creating their dream pop in the studio than in concert. On stage, they have difficulty connecting My Bloody Valentine influenced distortion with the exuberant pop melodies: Have You Seen in Your Dreams manages to lock down floating harmonies, forceful drumming and delirious guitar in a confection of muscular sweetness.
Graham Van Pelt founded Miracle Fortress as part of a scene centred around a multi-functional art space, and the sense of cross-genre experimentation has seeped into his take on classic pop. Gradually layering the tune, from its warm introduction, he adds clear harmonies and a pounding crescendo to cover, in a mere three minutes, everything from wistful reflection to brooding desire. Sophisticated and heart-felt, this surprisingly joyful single demonstrates that intelligent pop is not necessarily an oxymoron.