Neon Dreams Release Acoustic Version Of “Life Without Fantasies” Following Groundbreaking South African Success


“We noticed a spike in streaming for one of my favourite songs, ‘Life Without Fantasies.’ We were surprised once we noticed all the streams were coming from South Africa. I had the idea to take my ukulele and sing a stripped-down version of it to say thank you to all our new fans. Within hours of posting to social media, the video went viral and our lives would never be the same again.” – Frank Kadillac

Award-winning Canadian duo Neon Dreams released the acoustic version of “Life Without Fantasies,” available now on all streaming platforms and digital stores here. “Life Without Fantasies” first dropped in July 2019 but it wasn’t until the band noticed an outpour of love from South Africa that they officially re-released the single to a new market.

The move proved to be a strategic one not just for the burgeoning fan base in South Africa but also for Frank Kadillac and Adrian Morris who have surpassed the sales threshold for another Gold single, quickly making their way to platinum. Neon Dreams first hit Gold with their 2017 release “Marching Bands” featuring Kardinal Offishall.

“When you don’t fit in, it’s like you’re forced to see the world differently,” Kadillac tells when describing the meaning behind the song. “These are the fantasies of a very uncool, unpopular kid. These fantasies were sparked from years of being picked on and desperately wanting to fit in. I realized fantasies about money, girls and luxury are fun to think about but in reality, those things don’t make you happy. All I want is some happiness and a little bit of pain to know what’s real.”

Life Without Fantasies” dominated South African streaming charts, spending more than one month on Spotify’s Viral 50 peaking at #2, #129 on Apple Music Top 200 Chart and #7 on the OFM Central Top 30 among other popular Apple Music and Spotify playlists. The release peaked at #1 on South Africa’s regional radio station as well as regular daytime play on 5FM. The new acoustic release of “Life Without Fantasies” is bound to make another impact with fans who share a whole new appreciation for Neon Dreams.

The 2020 JUNO Award winners for Breakthrough Group of the Year turned the most terrible situation into a positive outcome that was their sophomore album, The Happiness of Tomorrow. Though Frank Kadillac and Adrian Morris had dozens of songs written pre-pandemic, the title track was conceived in quarantine and became the spark for the rest of the project.

Their latest album includes “Don’t Go Hating Me Now” and “Sick of Feeling Useless,” one of the few songs in recent history that has crossed multiple formats in Canada. The album climbed the U.S. alternative radio charts and went Top 10 on U.S. college radio.

Neon Dream
Neon Dream

The Happiness of Tomorrow follows their 2019 breakout debut album Sweet Dreams till Sunbeams, which continues to earn the duo new fans, becoming a viral hit and dominating streaming charts in South Africa.

“’Life Without Fantasies’ is one of my favourite songs that I’ve written. It’s uplifting with a world sound vibe to it so I’m not surprised it caught on in South Africa. […] We are extremely grateful for the love we are experiencing. Sometimes music just needs to find the right home.” – Frank Kadillac

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