After 2020, we’re all in need of some feel-good escapism. “All I Have To Do Is Dream”, Polartropica’s whimsical new cover of the Everly Brother classic, blesses us with just that.
Polartropica is the experimental music endeavour of LA-based artist Ihui Cherise Wu. As a queer Asian-American living in California, Wu wanted to create a space for people and sounds that don’t seem to belong to exist and flourish in. And so, the quirky musical crew was born.
A song for all the anxious or lonely souls out there, “All I Have To Do Is Dream” merges the organic with the synthetic to powerful yet ethereal effect. Classical string instruments are reinforced by futuristic synths and space-pop melodies. This psychedelic soundscape invites you to succumb to a wave of uplifting vibrations – all you have to do is close your eyes and “dreaaaam, dream, dream, dream”.
On what the cover means to her, Wu divulged: “When we are creating tracks, I’m always trying to paint a visual and feeling of the dream worlds in my head. This shoegaze rendition of the Everly Brother classic was my way of coping with my own anxiety, loneliness and missing my family during quarantine – even as an immigrant from Taiwan, this was one of my dad’s favourite songs – so my sister and I grew up listening to this because he would play it a lot, along with John Denver and The Carpenters.”
“All I Have To Do Is Dream” follows the release of Wu’s debut album, Dreams Come True – a kaleidoscopic soundtrack to her very own fantastical dreamland. And all proceeds from new song’s Bandcamp and merch sales – with designs by Lauren YS @squid.licker – are going to a Queer BIPOC artist microgrants fund.
Check out the cover below…