The magic is back. Coldwave outfit The Ultimate Dreamers are but reverie no more; they are a phoenix risen anew. Conceived in Lessines (Belgium), the birthplace of surrealist master René Magritte, the band’s new configuration consists of Bertrand on guitar, Frédéric on vocals, and Joël on bass; with Sandrine, a classical musician, on keyboards and cello.
The band’s repertoire has been exhumed, resuscitated, and enriched with new creations. After a very long hiatus, the recordings resurfaced and were brought to the ear of Dimitri, the record label magnate behind Wool-E Discs, who immediately offered an album deal. After selection and mastering, eleven tracks were to be selected under the banner of Live Happily While Waiting For Death, released on September 20, 2021.
Their frigid, organic tones are tainted with melancholy melodies verging on the dissonant, serving as a backdrop for themes dominated by raw dreams, distressed love, and social criticism. Both dark and bright, “Polarized” combines cold wave chills with irresistibly danceable beats. The single also features “I Loved You?!”, a new version of the band’s underground hit.
Director Thomas De Moor illustrates the menacing track with a compelling, mysterious monochromatic video. Decrepit technology in an abandoned space intercut with close-ups of faces, we see increasing frustration…and apathy. It illustrates the cynicism classically developed by the quartet. The cinematography is intriguing and unsettling.
Watch the video for “Polarized” below:
The tracks were produced by Len Lemeire (Implant, 32Crash, Anne Clark). The digital version of the single includes a remix of the track I Loved You?! by Len Lemeire.
Find the “Polarized” single here on Bandcamp.
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