Dream Lover

Album: English Graffiti (2015)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • Frontman Justin Young penned this song in Los Angeles. He told NME how the track deals with the subject of going home with someone but wishing you were with someone else. "It's like a monster in my head," he said.
  • The video, directed by CANADA, is a pastiche of classic early '80s sci-fi films. The Barcelona-based international art collective were also responsible for the band's previous clip for "Handsome," which was a homage to Hong Kong kung-fu films.

    "With 'Dream Lover' we wanted to continue that b-movie aesthetic and bubblegum escapism we achieved in the 'Handsome' video, and continue collaborating with CANADA,' explained Justin Young. "To me Dream Lover sounds otherworldly, and the perfect combination of retro and future and so I think the theme of the video fits the song and us as a band perfectly. We've always been fans of camp space adventure and so it was pretty fun getting to bring one of our own to life."
  • The song came together during winter in New York, when freak snow blizzards shut down huge chunks of the city. "There was six foot of snow at some points - Snowmageddon!" Justin Young recalled to XFM's Danielle Perry. "There is that kind of icy, quite tense sound... although ironically it was actually written in LA. Sunny LA!"
  • Some critics have noted the song's tonal resemblance to Arctic Monkeys' "Do I Wanna Know?" Asked by NME about the similarities between the two songs, Justin Young replied: "Honest answer, we definitely had a conversation at one point where we said, 'Do you think anyone's going to make this lazy comparison, because this is a four/five-note riff over this slow-burning groove and we're both British rock bands.' Both producers said no and we never spoke about it again."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

They Might Be Giants

They Might Be GiantsSongwriter Interviews

Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.

Al Kooper

Al KooperSongwriter Interviews

Kooper produced Lynyrd Skynyrd, played with Dylan and the Stones, and formed BS&T.

Graham Parker

Graham ParkerSongwriter Interviews

When Judd Apatow needed under-appreciated rockers for his Knocked Up sequel, he immediately thought of Parker, who just happened to be getting his band The Rumour back together.

Adam Young of Owl City

Adam Young of Owl CitySongwriter Interviews

Is Owl City on a quest for another hit like "Fireflies?" Adam answers that question and explains the influences behind many others.

Phone Booth Songs

Phone Booth SongsSong Writing

Phone booths are nearly extinct, but they provided storylines for some of the most profound songs of the pre-cell phone era.

Susanna Hoffs - "Eternal Flame"

Susanna Hoffs - "Eternal Flame"They're Playing My Song

The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."