Australian musician Jack Colwell has today released ‘In My Dreams’, the first single from his forthcoming debut album.
‘In My Dreams’ is a dark, cinematic ballad that draws on Jack’s classical training at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and his love of boundary-pushing confessional songwriters such as Nick Cave and PJ Harvey.
The song was produced by renowned Australian singer-songwriter Sarah Blasko and mixed in Los Angeles by Rich Costey. It features members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Says Jack: “This song is a fever dream about a troubled couple in which I play both the victim and the murderer, singing a wordless tune on a midnight train to the end of the world.”
The accompanying video clip was filmed by Joe Nankin (The xx, M83) in the English countryside. Jack delves into themes and process: “When I was writing the song, I was heavily influenced by Renaissance and Golden Age paintings that depicted violent scenes. I found it really fascinating how something so beautiful could also be so tortured. I collected images that I passed onto the director who immediately caught onto what I was trying to express with my music. We ran away to the woods and conjured up our own queer version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”