weird dreams

Weird Dreams

Weird Dreams is the moniker of lucid songsmith Doran Edwards, who’s latest LP Luxury Alone is a flight of fancy into the brighter corners of slo-mo synth-pop. Tune in and chill out...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 14 Sep 2016
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Weird Dreams is the moniker of lucid songsmith Doran Edwards, who’s latest LP Luxury Alone is a flight of fancy into the brighter corners of slo-mo synth-pop.

It follows the London-based Parisian’s first foray into guitar-driven power-pop back in 2012, with his debut album Choreography.

Having recently delved headlong into the Broadcast back catalogue, while discovering a new love for The Wicker Man soundtrack and Daniel Lopatin’s Oneohtrix Point Never project, Doran returned this summer with a much subtler sound.

New single Binary, out on 23 September via Tough Love Records (also home to former M Featured Artist Ulrika Spacek), shimmers with the same sultry effervescence of its parent album, and offers a nice introduction to his multi-layered gauzy guitars and electronics.

We caught up with him ahead of his show at The Lexington, London, tonight (14 September) to learn more…

I first started making music because…
My grandparents were jazz musicians (in fact, my grandfather still is, and my grandmother was also a classical pianist and cellist) and music was absolutely central to my upbringing. Unavoidable really.

I have been making music since…
I think I wrote my first song when I was 14.

My music is…
My experience of the world poured back out from my head with all the abstractions that make the world incomprehensible to me.

You'll like my music if you listen to...
Things more than once.

My favourite venue is…
I've not played there, but I saw Oneohtrix Point Never play at Union Chapel in Islington, and with the context of the music, it made for an important antithesis to the normal/boring live show experience.

Music is important because…
Stephen Pinker doesn't think it is.

My biggest inspiration is…
Corporeal connection.

My dream collaboration would be…
Ryuichi Sakamoto, Robert Ashley (RIP) and ME.

To try me out, listen to my piece…
Listen to my latest album Luxury Alone from start to finish, with headphones, without a pause. Then listen to it again. This is how it was intended to be experienced.

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…
Stinkin' rich.

In 10 years’ time I want to be…
A good friend.

Photo credit: Jorge Anthony Stride