After spending the last year establishing themselves with a rich array of breezy singles, Vienna-based duo Lucy Dreams have now returned to deliver their captivating new EP 'Everything Comes In Waves'.
Channeling the euphoric sound of acts like Tame Impala, M83 and Glass Animals, 'Everything Comes In Waves' makes for a delightful introduction to their sound. Filled with uplifting synths, sweeping production, and some truly intoxicating hooks, this new collection looks set to see them become a huge talking point in the months ahead.
So with the new EP available now, we sat down with David from the group to find out more about his background and what has inspired him most over the years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
The guitar. I was 15 years old and those 6 strings and the amplifier were my exit from dull life, my remedy for teenage angst and my promised land.
What kind of music did you love as a teenager?
Punk rock, in the beginning. Then nu metal, Deftones especially. Growing older I started to appreciate harmonics again, probably because of the classical music I was surrounded by as a kid. This mixture of melodies, combined with the techno phase of my twenties, certainly influences the music style of Lucy Dreams.
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb. What a journey! A timeless masterpiece of music, incredibly well composed and performed. Every single instrument tells a story, and on top of that, the lyrics take your mind by the hand and tell you a beautiful fairytale about a place called void.
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
Yes, we connect to Lucy, an AI-system we created by coupling digital parameters and analog effects. We feed this system with sounds, we let Lucy listen to Kraftwerk or Mozart. The digital mind processes those sounds, it dreams in digital. Eventually, we receive Lucy's interpretations back and use them as the basis for our songs.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
Deserta, monumental shoegaze from LA. Kazy Lambist, super chilled French electro-pop. Agnes Obel, Denmark's voice of the mystic. Cinnamon Chasers, spheric nu-disko from London.
How many of your songs have you written about people in your life?
All of them. No matter what the lyrics of a song are about, the main theme will always be connected to a person or a group of people, who then are present in the story of the song.
What has been the funniest or most unusual moment in your career so far?
The moment we received a sonic answer from Lucy. It was unreal, we were lost for words. We kept feeding the system with sounds and received lots of different reactions, all fascinating. There was a great deal of magic in this moment.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
M83. You think you can make this happen?
If you weren’t a musician, what other path do you think you might have taken?
That of a teacher. What the world desperately needs is comprehensive education and unconditional faith in science and democracy. For example, it's high time that we start seeing ourselves as guests here on planet earth and treat it accordingly, just to name one of the many pressing issues.
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
Have fun, stay brutal, be aware, mind the gap, don't do drugs and enjoy your time!
Lucy Dreams' new EP 'Everything Comes In Waves' is available to stream and download now. Have a listen to it in full via the player below.