FRESH: ‘Dreamer’ – Dancer

Dancer release “Dreamer”

Australian alt-pop 4-piece Dancer are poised to announce their debut release with the arrival of “Dreamer”, a breezy, hypnotic, inspired alt-pop jam brimming with confidence, with cheeky nods to fellow luminaries Tame Impala and SG Lewis. Dancer say: “Don’t be fooled by the innocent looking title, conceptually while the idea of ‘Dreamer’ has drifted into normality it is something that is wrestled with by every individual. This song explores the heart of the personal and individual view of our dreams and how our belief and misunderstanding in them is what makes us human”.

At two and a half minutes in total this track does not lack punch and gets to the heart of its concept fast. With huge choruses and melodic rises Dreamer lifts you high above the noise. As it made the band’s friend Dave feel ‘…like riding down a giant hill without a helmet’.

Chris (CQ), Ben, Bryce and Josh met in their younger years, in the industrial beach town of Newcastle, Australia, with their musical paths crossing at various points. A mixture of broken ambition and learning their craft would all be reasons for their band never quite forming. It would be a common occurrence to see a few of the guys musing over a beer, deep in the ‘it’s not ready’ moment and the feeling of wanting something more. The guys spent their early adult years writing, recording and experimenting with songs, gradually navigating into uncharted waters. Using all their savings, they stole minutes in recording studios and organised writing trips in houses up and down the coast.

Their passion for the work was always the glue that kept them working. The songs started to pour out, demo upon demo of uplifting but melancholy musical moments began filling up their hard drives. If you knew any of them and asked the right questions, you would have been able to hear one of the tracks and then you’d subsequently pester them about its release date. In late 2019, they released their first song “Fever” under the name Drinking In Iceland, and while the song found them a publishing deal and recognition across global markets, they realised the project needed to take a different shape.

2020 hits. Amidst the chaos and the shut down of the music industry the guys decide to reform under the name Dancer, a nod to the continual exploration of freedom and joy found in pursuing music and in the decision to keep creating, a theme that runs deep throughout their work. The music of Dancer is addictive, with contagious melodies and powerful lyrics. It’ll make you feel reckless, joyous and inspired to create. Although there have been attempts in the past, now is the time to open up Dancer to the world.

“Dreamer” is the first insight into the realm of Dancer.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!