Touchstone has been described as "A band who combine the prog sensibilities of Yes with the hard rocking aptitudes of Van Halen", based on the diversity of the band members' influences. For example, Rob Cottingham cites melodic bands such as Yes, Pink Floyd and Genesis as influences. Adam Hodgson, on the other hand, has 'rockier' sensibilities, having previously been in hard-rock bands. He looks towards artist such as Joe Satriani for his inspiration. However, the two of them share a mutual love of Yes, and it was similarities such as this that resulted in them working together. Their first full-length album was Discordant Dreams and was the first to feature Kim Seviour and Alaisdair Melville on vocals and drums respectively. The album was praised as an improvement from Mad Hatters, and with tracks such as 'Blacktide', 'Shadow' and 'The Beggar's Song', it showcases the 'Touchstone sound'. The album was recorded by Ben Humphreys and mixed by John Mitchell (It Bites, Frost, Kino) at his studios in Reading, Berkshire, and performs a guitar solo on the song "Dignity".