London three-piece, Fortnight in Florida, are Simon Middleton – keys, Eamonn Dawe – bass/guitar and Andrew Gallop – drums. They sculpt blissed-out slabs of electronic pop, alongside precise production and multi-layered disco beats.
‘I Can’t Wait Forever’ follows their debut EP ‘So Long’ which was released to much acclaim in 2016. The track is inspired by the Edward Hopper painting, Nighthawks. Inspiring so many before them, ‘Nighthawks At The Diner’, by Tom Waits, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark’s single ‘Night Café,’ poetry by Joyce Carol Oates, who wrote a number of internal narratives for each character in the painting, ‘Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, 1942’ and many other re-imaginings of the possibilities dreamed-up and styled from that scene.
In this interpretation, ‘I Can’t Wait Forever’ asks what happens when the lady in the red dress is removed from the scene. Simons Middleton says, ‘this song imagines the aftermath of the encounter at Phillies. Set in a nostalgic ideal of our world, ‘I Can’t Wait Forever’ is a declaration to the woman in red; she is now absent from the frame.’
In their own re-imagining of the famous Edward Hopper painting, they set the scene via electronic beats, synths and textured brush strokes, as they tweak your imagination and re-imagine what happened back in Phillies diner, in the 40s, bourbon in hand & a refuge from the storm. ‘I Can’t Wait Forever’ is about what followed after the meeting with the lady in red, about the dreams we follow and the choices we make, all painted with slick disco beats, textured ambiance and slick production.
They question what happens next, as they consider the reality of the dreams we create and the stash of luminous possibilities we make-up, via the seductive sounds of the city. The music is perfect for Sunday afternoon lounging, in an escapist dream realm, all inspired by the mirage of the unidentifiable diner from Greenwich Village in the 1940s. Fortnight In Florida lift you into a dreamlike state of wonder, with only a slur of melancholy on what might be, all filled with multi-layered colours and surprises along the way.