Award-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Hawksley Workman premieres a new single via Isadora Records/The Orchard titled “Just a Dream”. The introspective, ethereal track is co-written and produced by Marcus Paquin, who has produced and engineered dozens of records including Grammy award-winning album The Suburbs by Arcade Fire and The National’s Grammy-nominated album Trouble Will Find Me. “Just a Dream” was added ‘out-of-the-box’ to Indie88 is available to stream and purchase now HERE.
Along with the single, Workman has released a nostalgia-filled video created by Steve Bays for the “Just a Dream” remix featuring rare and never-before-seen footage of Hawksley’s youth, early career interviews and performances. The sound-of-summer radio remix comes courtesy of Paris-based remix team JUGUCO and is being released in France HERE Hawksley is both a #1 hit artist and a long-time critical favourite. Watch and share the video for “Just a Dream”
“Just a Dream” sees Workman summon up long-lost teenage dreams through the neon-hued filter of his own adolescent decade: the era of Jordache jeans, Ramses condoms and Reagan-Russia nuclear dread. “Do you want to live forever? Do you want to go get high?” The earworm refrain of “Just a Dream” is like the quintessential teenage summation of the sublime and the stoner.
“In the 1980s we tossed around the prefix ‘astro’ with an unbridled certainty,” says Hawksley. “Whether turf or whether domes, that grand decade was going to isolate itself from the darkness of the ones that came before it. A decade tripping over itself with the self-congratulatory swagger of widespread colour television ownership, an epoch full of contempt for everything that had gone before it. Yes, video had killed the radio star, and we were all perfectly fine with it,” he observes. “We’re a bit wiser now, of course.”
The first two episodes of Hawksley Night in Canada, a live monthly online concert featuring hits, quips, live call-ins, and custom-penned songs about pets [CBC, May 21] drew Top Trending status on Twitter in Canada.