From The Artist : “Half Dreams is a frenetic and forward moving song both musically and lyrically, and demanded visuals that would match that energy.
Aside from the general aesthetic we had in mind for the video and wanting to include live performance aspects, we fully entrusted our videographer (Lindsey Blane) and lighting designer (Michael Franzmann) to help us showcase the song’s natural momentum. These two are superstars at their craft and are invigorating to work with!
The fact that Half Dreams is Lindsey’s debut work as a videographer is completely unimaginable given how much talent and creativity she brought to the physical shoot and editing process! Lindsey is a good friend and celebrated music photographer, so we knew we were in good care with her behind the camera, but we’re honestly still in awe. More collaborations are definitely on the horizon!”
With a heavy nod to the revolutionary sounds of 80’s era pop and electronic, Victoria (BC) synth quartet CROATIA are creating their own unlikely – and at times darker – brand of pop. The band draws influence from 80s era rock and electronic music while remaining unapologetically pop, but behind the polished production is deeply personal lyricism.
New single ‘Half Dreams’ unveils itself with cascading arpeggiating synths, setting the stage for a cinematic offering. The track races forward, a pulsating rush of blood, before creating a window for the commanding presence of Justin Campbell’s vocals. Alternating between a sensitive lush falsetto and a captivating croon, the vocals hold you captive as the band explodes at the infectious chorus centrepiece. Shimmering guitars and a persistent rhythm section both propel the song forward and build for an anthem that aims for the heavens. But there’s a darkness that pervades the song, giving it a depth past its 80s synth pop origins. It’s a song to dance to, but also one to contemplate existentialism on a long drive.
Croatia is Matt Dell, Justin Campbell, Steve Mitchell, and Ben Erikson. The ‘Half Dreams’ EP is out today!