Today Carlisle’s The Lucid Dream share their latest single, “Sunrise” from their upcoming album, The Deep End due out 23rd April (new date) on Holy Are You Recordings. Pre-order the album HERE
Frontman Mark Emmerson explains, ’’Sunrise’ was the last track written for ‘The Deep End’. I wrote it in the summer of 2019. It goes without saying that it is a ‘summer’ track. It was influenced by late 80s acid house – predominantly Chicago based. It was also influenced by Kraftwerk,’s Tour de France album. We played the main stage at Bluedot Festival that summer, and had watched Kraftwerk on the same stage the night before. It inspired me to write the final song for the album.
What I love most about this song is that there’s not a guitar or ‘signature’ Lucid Dream moment within it. We imagined when recording this (summer 2019, so a pre Covid idea) that it would be dropped in clubs and nobody would have a clue that it was us. I love how we’ve reached the point 13 years on of making an almost pure Balearic/house track that wouldn’t have been conceivable in our minds at 23 years old. Or even 30!”
Earlier this year, the band released lead single “CHI-03” which gives the album its first sucker punch moment. A track born out of listening to late 80s hip hop records on a loop before allowing the 303 to take on the co-lead vocal role, alongside the sampler. Watch the video for “CH1-03”
Following on from 2018’s album Actualisation, the new album builds upon the acid house influences of the former but ventures into many new paths. Hip hop, techno, drum ‘n’ bass and other ‘genres’ sneak into the creative palette whilst also staying true to the band’s mantra of throwing the rule book out of the window, as far as ‘boundaries’ are concerned.
The album was penned over the Spring of 2019; Roland 303/808 synths, bass and vocals were key tools for writing, whilst the Roland SH01a found its way onto the team sheet, as well as a sampler for the first time. The 11 minutes of “Coalescence” opens the album. Not a guitar in sight, a euphoric statement of optimism throughout. A track that belongs in a nightclub as much as the living room, and captures the exhilaration between the band and audience which is present at all Lucid Dream shows. “Leave Me In The Dark” takes a seven minute journey that taps into places the band have been before. No mean feat when that is a melting pot of dub, drum ‘n’ bass, jungle and enough raw power to know that this is a Lucid Dream track.
Side Two kicks off with “Fight To Survive”. A beat belonging to 80s New York, keys more suited to the East Coast counterparts of the time, another statement. ‘It’s a campaign of hate, campaign of hate’. A song for 2019 onwards for sure. “Sunrise” then takes the album on another tangent. The Lucid Dream tapped into acid house on their previous album, Actualisation, but this track is acid/Balearic in its purest form.
“High and Wild” closes the album. The nine minutes within do not share the optimism and ‘highs’ displayed in the 35 minutes prior but do not suffer any for it either. The most conventional and only guitar based song on the album, this track won’t be found near a dance floor. More suited for the days after, when the highest highs bring the real lows. What goes up comes down and sometimes those moments bring with them the most beauty.
The Lucid Dream are Mark Emmerson (vocals/guitars/programming), Wayne Jefferson (guitars/synths), Mike Denton (bass) and Luke Anderson (drums).
UK tour dates:
15th October: Hebden Bridge – Trades Club
16th October: Carlisle – The Brickyard
29th October: Glasgow – Stereo
30th October: Manchester – YES
Hi-res album artwork and photo HERE
The Deep End Tracklisting:
- Leave Me in the Dark
- Fight To Survive
- High and Wild