The Phoenix Foundation – “Give Up Your Dreams” (Stereogum Premiere)

“How does one transition to a mortal from a God?” wonders Sam Flynn Scott, frontman for The Phoenix Foundation, on their latest track “Give Up Your Dreams.” The Wellington, New Zealand six-piece hit that sweet spot between bubblegum psych-pop, prog-rock, and deeper, existential quandaries like the one quoted above. We premiered their single “Mountain,” along with the news of their new album Give Up Your Dreams, and that name isn’t a euphemism at all. On the title track, the band lay down a sardonic, shimmering song that encourages you to stop seeing the world as a sparkly, wonderful place. Thing is, the song itself is so buoyant that it contradicts their somewhat depressing message. As long as your dream doesn’t include a shift between mortality and immortality, perhaps it’s best not to heed their advice. After all, if they’d followed it, this song probably wouldn’t exist. I’m glad it does. Listen below.

Give Up Your Dreams is out 8/7 via Memphis Industries. Get an instant download of “Mountain” when you pre-order at iTunes, on gold vinyl, or CD.