Fall Hard In Love With The Bad Dreamers' Neon Power Ballads
When Grammy-nominated producer David Schuler isn’t busy penning and composing tracks for household names like John Legend and P!nk, he’s busy crafting his own blend of buzzing retrowave tunes under the moniker The Bad Dreamers. With his debut record, songs about people including myself, set to release in just a few weeks, we want to give a little love to the two singles Schuler dropped over the last few months — quick gems to hold us over until we get the full album, bound to sparkle and shimmer with endless 80s influence.
Last month, The Bad Dreamers dropped “California Winter,” a pumping five-minute soundscape dabbling in major electro-pop prowess. The track opens with a synth wave and percussive chimes, cinematic in its dramatic slow-burn flair, before the impassioned vocals come in. For the rest of the song, The Bad Dreamers twirl throughout a blooming arrangement. We get jarring keys, flashy synth twinkles, and distant percussion sharing the space as romantic, minimalist lyrics repeat. It’s one of those songs you could hear humming in the back of an 80s rom-com’s pivotal scene before bursting to the foreground right when lips meets lips.
Yesterday, The Bad Dreamers dropped another track off the upcoming album. “Reach You” is another power ballad, desperate in its howling falsetto and adopting a bittersweet tone courtesy of the deep throbbing arrangement flavored by frenzied electro-pop elements and thick slaps of percussion. There’s a heartbreaking undertone here, moments when the rhythm drops out and resigned vocals reflect on miscommunication. The bass grows woozy, the keys grow dire, and the song ends abruptly, casting an eerie shadow where it once was.
Featured photo by Michelle Shiers.