Anos de atividade
2009 – até o momento (8 anos)
Oscar Wilde famously said, “A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”
For Matias Tellez and the rest of the members in Young Dreams, dawn is already here. With the release of their first single and music video for “Young Dreams” on Telle Records the 12-piece Norwegian collective now just has to wait for the rest of the world to catch up. Fusing Tropicália, psychedelic rock, classical, symphonic arrangements and traditional pop recalling the classic sounds of Brian Wilson and Phil Spector, Young Dreams both adheres to and upends the conventional definitions of pop music, creating a sound that’s at once refreshingly familiar and daringly unique.
In 2009, Tellez, already an established solo artist in his home country, began to think past the rock quartet he was fronting at the time. “I was tired of singing and wanted to do something else,” Tellez says. “I wanted to explore bigger sounds and more expansive compositions, but I couldn’t afford to rent studio space for that long. Now we own a studio and it felt natural to do something bigger and more symphonic. There are no limitations when you have nine people on stage.”
As word spread of Tellez’s new music, more and more singers and musicians asked to be part of the group, thus turning a standard band into a full-fledged collective. The group locked themselves in a basement to work on new material and emerged two weeks later with a handful of songs and their sanity and friendship intact.
Animal Collective will be the kneejerk comparison – though Young Dreams has only heard a few of the band’s songs – but the band’s influences go deeper than those of their Brooklyn peers. “I'm a big fan of the harmonies and arrangements of the romantic period of classical music,” says Tellez. “I love composers like Edvard Grieg and Stravinsky. But I’m also heavily inspired by people like Martin Denny and Waldo de los Rios.”
In “Young Dreams,” vocalist Chris Holm sings, “We’re restless/That’s why we keep on moving/Not empty/Because of our young dreams.” The innate youthful urge to travel and leave home is palpable, but for Tellez and the rest of Young Dreams, this restlessness extends past geography into musicality. Young Dreams exist in their own world; one influenced by the past but always looking forward. A sovereign nation of 12 like-minded souls, restless, eager and always dreaming.
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