Lost in a Dream Again — Philadelphia Shoegaze Project Forest Circles Debuts Video for “Wish”

Lost in a dream again
Tell me that you want me, no need to pretend
I’m giving my heart to you
Kiss me like no other, I’m nobody’s fool

British philosopher Alan Watts, renowned for translating Eastern philosophy for Western minds, frequently explored the idea of embracing the present fully, while acknowledging the impact of past experiences. Watts championed a profound understanding of the self as intertwined with the universe, advocating that balance is found not through exertion, but by accepting life’s inherent rhythms. The concept of the “dreamer” in his teachings refers to viewing life as a series of interconnected moments rather than discrete events. Reflecting on the past and planning for the future serves as a metaphor in his philosophy, illustrating the intricate weave of life’s continuum and challenging the perceived boundaries separating past, present, and future.

Alan Watts’ emphasis on mindfulness resonates in Wish, the hauntingly beautiful new shoegaze single by Philadelphia’s Forest Circles. The track begins as listeners are drawn into a black hole, entering a dream-like realm. Within this ethereal space, the protagonist embarks on a quest for equilibrium, revisiting past events and envisioning future possibilities. This introspective process is depicted as a puzzle, where each piece is a fragment of memories that collectively point towards what’s to come. The act of putting these pieces together symbolizes a deeper understanding of life’s continuity and the interconnectedness of time.

The lyrics express the emotions of someone deeply lost in love, yearning for affirmation and intimacy. The speaker gives their heart willingly, seeking a permanent connection, but experiences heartbreak and regret when things end. Despite attempts to push their lover away, they are left with the realization that the relationship’s failure is their own fault, and they mourn what could have been.

The monochromatic video for Wish amplifies the emotional and psychological undertones of this endeavor, highlighting the often non-linear and complex nature of personal growth and planning. The dream state and flashes of Jungian imagery provide a unique space where the boundaries between time and memory blur, allowing a deep dive into one’s aspirations and the dynamics of personal change.

Watch the video for “Wish” below:

Forest Circles, the creative outlet of multi-instrumentalist Angel Ocana, masterfully melds dream-pop, post-punk, and shoegaze into a unique musical concoction. His introspective, slow-burning style refreshes the listener, while also channeling the deep, emotional currents that defined the late 80s and early 90s music scene. Ocana’s work resonates with a nostalgic echo yet pulses with contemporary energy,

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Alice Teeple

Alice Teeple is a photographer, multidisciplinary artist, and writer. She is not in Tin Machine.

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