For the pious hearts dancing in bars and backyards this summer, Undercover Dream Lovers lay down sweet, sticky melodies over shimmering synth-pop songs. Los Angeles-based musician Matt Koenig created an ethereal jukebox sound with his The Undercover Dream Lovers project, using a palette of groovy basslines and reverb-soaked guitars. Koenig has a bright and curious approach to production and he channels timeless, tranquil psychedelic pop into his new single “Can’t You Just See”, a love song for the lush and the lonely.
Whereas on the road between the shows in Chicago and Detroit, Koenig caught up with Noisey about his new music video for the single. The hazy music video follows the psych-pop star through the motions of a night out, drifting between social moments of euphoria, anxiety and apathy, before he finally passes out on the dance floor. “I tried to imagine every moment of a night from the perspective of a fly on the wall,” he told Noisey.
The music of Undercover Dream Lovers draws on the delightful and disarming elements of early disco and funk to tell stories about the present. With lyrics about human connection and self-discovery, The Undercover Dream Lovers’ music is designed to relieve listeners’ anxiety and isolation. (“Tell me the things you’re hiding / Come and share it / I know I can handle it / I’m sure we can fix it”). Their songs carry a restorative warmth that is central to funk music, inviting listeners into a more relaxed and exploratory state of mind.
Playful vocal tracks and heavily syncopated patterns reflect Koenig’s adventurous nature as a songwriter, and each release of The Undercover Dream Lovers unveils new experimentation. “There’s a lot of crossover between styles these days because everyone listens to so many different sounds,” Koenig said. “It’s really cool to see a lot of bands taking old sounds and techniques and giving them a modern hi-fi finish. It sort of feels like an “HD” version of a classic style.
There’s a transferable lightness that emanates from The Undercover Dream Lovers’ songs, reminiscent of roller rinks and disco balls. Looking to the future, Koenig said he’s recorded about two albums of new music, but is enjoying the present moment touring with his band and connecting with fans. The Undercover Dream Lovers progress in a natural and magnetic way, and Koenig’s intentions for his return to touring are simple: “I want to see what kind of songs I can do.”
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