Vienna duo Lucy Dreams make synthpop music with electronic touches. Their latest EP, Everything Comes In Waves, addresses the need to reverse the destruction of our planet and find a balance between humans and nature. We caught up with David to understand more about Lucy Dreams and their music.
The protection of our planet is mankind’s most pressing issue at the moment, thus the main theme of our EP.
First up, tell us a bit about yourselves - who are Lucy Dreams, and what were you doing before making music together?
We are two friends who have been making music in different bands for over ten years. At the beginning of the new decade, we started working as a duo. We immediately felt that there were a couple of magic components in our collaboration and decided to deepen it.
Looking back now, the main reason why this first phase was so productive and exciting was the fact that we share a deep admiration for the music of Pink Floyd. Their music and the band’s general approach to arts had been guiding us both for a long time. And, in general they still are one of our biggest inspirations.
Who else did you take inspiration from?
Lucy, without a doubt. A sonic system we created ourselves, by coupling digital parameters and analogue effects. We feed this system with sounds, we let this computer listen to sounds. And we let it process and eventually send her interpretation of those sounds back to us.
Why the name ‘Lucy Dreams’ then, what do you stand for?
Well, we believe that, when Lucy is processing the sounds we feed her, she’s dreaming, hence Lucy Dreams. The whole process is very enigmatic for us and it often takes time until we receive signals back, but the wait is always worth it. Those signals, those new sounds provided by this digital soul are often the basis for new songs. .
How would you describe your musical style?
Algorythm. Meta melodies. Digital heartbeat. Or, to use a more common term, synth-pop.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would you love to work with?
Up front, collaborations are super important, especially if they are cross-disciplinary. Just such a good way to broaden your horizon. In the past we had the honor to collaborate with Viennese design artist Esther Stocker or California based visual wizards Not Any Design Collective. In the future we’d love to collaborate with somebody who shares our approach.
Tell us about your EP Everything Comes In Waves. What’s it about?
It is our most recent release, our debut EP from December 2020. The three songs are the result of a next step in the interaction with Lucy. We continued and refined the dialogue with the system, we got to know her better, as it were.
Based on this interaction, we created the three tracks. What was particularly important: we wanted to convey a message, we wanted to use our public exposure to positively influence collective thinking. The protection of our planet is mankind’s most pressing issue at the moment, thus the main theme of our EP.
When did you write it and where did you record it?
Most of it was written and produced in our studio in Vienna between March and July 2020. We then decided to rent a small wooden chalet next to a beautiful lake in the south of Austria for a week. There we laid down the final touches on the songs.
How does Everything Comes In Waves represent you?
It is what we hear, what we feel, what we think, and what we have to say right now.
Can you talk us through each track?
‘Pacific Shore’ is an upbeat yet melancholy song that addresses the pollution of the oceans.
Atmospheric ‘Sphinx’ tries to show that every living being has the same relevance on the whole.
Finally, the optimistic ballad ‘Elements’ emphasizes the importance of harmony between humans and nature.
What are your hopes for ‘Everything Comes In Waves‘?
We would love to see more and more people realize that it’s about time to change the way we treat planet earth. In all the many aspects of daily life.
What are your other plans for the rest of this crazy year and into 2021?
We are recording songs for the next release, our debut LP. All demos are done, we are super happy, we already have a title. Can’t wait to release this album!
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourselves one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
I would return to the moment when I started making music, 15 years back from now. I’d smile at the boy with little experience in life and who’d have just a handful of self-confidence, who mostly wanted to impress others. I’d tell him: “Believe in yourself, believe in your own ideas and be who you are”.
Top image by YavuzOdabas.