Back in 2012, the London band Weird Dreams released Choreography, an impressive album of homespun indie-pop. After that, they went silent. In the years since, Weird Dreams has stopped being a band and become, instead, a solo project of frontman Doran Edwards. Edwards kept recording, but he kept his work private. And now he’s resurfaced with a downbeat, sadly glimmering new synthpop song called “The Ladder.” Below, listen to the track and read some words about it from Edwards.
It’s been a long and short four years. Weird Dreams never stopped for me, it just became private. The songwriting was a near constant.
There’s more music to share soon, but starting with “The Ladder” now feels right, as it was the first song of real difference, and remained unfinished for a few years while I obsessed over an image that I began to pursue as sound on the last Weird Dreams song before this one (“House Of Secrets”) — the reflections of water on a swimming pool ceiling at night.
For reasons that are still unclear, this imagined image of light and water moved me in a desperate time, distracting from what felt like the rest of the world falling away.
Weird Dreams will play a show 3/7 at the Waiting Room in London.