Not many things make us happier than an artist being able to follow their best single with a new equally great one. As you may have guessed, that is the case with Cale Hawkins today and his new song “Deep Dream”. The first of many to come, as he is planning on releasing new music every two months to develop his craft as a writer, producer and performer.
Last year, Cale Hawkins‘ songs have met ridiculously high standards, therefore we labelled him as one of our artists to watch for 2018 and the Brooklyn singer-songwriter and producer proves us right. “Deep Dream” is a real breath of fresh air in an otherwise suffocating room of drum machines and shiny production. The Berklee graduate doesn’t get lost in the mix of today’s frenetic music landscape cleverly stitching together subtle synths, funky guitar and a gorgeous walking bass line. As per usual, Cale Hawkins wrote, produced & played everything on the track except the violin (which his long-time collaborator & friend Chase Potter plays).
“Deep Dream” is a song about disruption written from a perspective of addiction, but it’s open to interpretation as it could apply to depression, the current socio-political state of the world, or simply put, insomnia. When you start living inside your head too much but just want to forget. Ironically, this song will most likely get stuck inside your head as it hits you in all the right spots; it’s catchy, enduring, and feel-good. A sunny single for winter that is uplifting with its beautiful vocal harmonies and strings, yet buried in a certain desperation that arises from the pessimism of his lyrics as he repeatedly asks himself “Am I better off than dead?”.