Brooklyn-band Wild Arrows are happy to announce the forthcoming release of their sophomore album, Dreamlike Dream on Friday, April 14. Today the band shares a video for the first single off the album, “Dark Me.” Watch the video here
The video was directed by Jean Sweep and features dancers Jordan Isadore and Eloise Deluca.
Wild Arrows are also happy to confirm an upcoming show at New York City‘s Bowery Electric on March 25. This show is in addition to the already announced March 29 date at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg where they will be supporting Minus The Bear.
Dreamlike Dream is the follow up to Wild Arrow’s 2014 debut album Tell Everyone which the Village Voice called “an inherently dark record hiding behind gorgeous synth lines.” With the new album that darkness has given way to light. Singer and main songwriter Mike Law has prepared Dreamlike Dream as his first conclusive collection of songs since Hurricane Sandy destroyed his Brooklyn recording studio in 2012. Working from a finally rebuilt studio, The Civil Defense, Law was able to fully explore his own songs with bizarre old reverbs, delays, reasonable microphones and speakers to hear what was happening. The result is nine songs filled with harmonies, idiosyncratic turns and a few manic moments that are sewn together sonically and thematically. It’s dream-pop from the urgency of punk and do it yourself everything.
After the darker sounds and mood found on Tell Everyone, Dreamlike Dream is a joyful return to form of Law’s more idiosyncratic pop songwriting. Holding up in The Civil Defense, for the better part of a year with main collaborator singer and synth player Yasmin Reshamwala the two tracked twenty five songs trying to find the right combination for the album. Having lost their previous drummer back to Japan due to Visa issues the band used a combination of electronic drums and guest drummers (Alan Cage/Quicksand) to fill in before finally settling on Brandon Collins for the live show. Of the direction of the album Law states, “This was the first album in awhile that was actually fun to make and I think it shows. It was fun to be in a studio and have basic things like… heat.” Speaking to the writing process he continues, “the content of the album was easy, I found myself thinking a lot of how memory blurs and how unusual that feels, even being awake has always held a hint of surreal-ness to me, l usually feel hints of a dreamlike waking, so as I began to find myself with songs for a new album I decided to hone in on the ones that tried to contend with the two states whether it’s just bizarre childhood dreams like in ‘Dark Me’ or contending with current politics like ‘Dead Ends.'”
Mike Law has been a stalwart of the underground music scene for years now as the frontman in the bands EULCID and New Idea Society, touring with bands like Fugazi to At the Drive in. Drawing big crowds in the U.S., Europe and Japan, Law has pushed the boundaries of what kind of music can be played in the DIY circuit, mainly not just paint by numbers punk or hardcore. He’s earned steady praise and admiration from his more recognized peers while still moving steadily forward musically within his own world.