May 20, 2018

All Ears On: Wet Dream

Portland, Oregon-based “deep end” dream-pop trio Wet Dream debut their official video with the single, “Groove Plug”. Filmed in a geodesic dome constructed almost entirely of mirrors, ILIOS Interactive is the collaborative space built by Jonathon Mooney (Other Lives). The single’s reflective and obsessively vulnerable narrative ties the kaleidoscopic visuals into a cohesive, multi-sensory experience within itself.

“Am I the one who’s afraid? To be made up of mirrors and air?”

Some bands form intentionally, while others accidentally, naturally, flawlessly. The accidental happening occurred with Wet Dream, made up of Sarah Kue, Dylan White and Benjamin Johnson. Two years ago, a close friend of the trio suggested they all catch the French psych band La Femme in a popular Portland basement venue. La Femme still happened to be looking for an opening act, and Sarah had just finished writing a song. Dylan and Ben jumped on to finish the recording and their close friend impulsively sent it to La Femme. Within ten days’ time of that submission, La Femme asked Wet Dream to open for the show and the trio got to working on writing a set’s worth of songs. Since then, the trio has been creating both sound and visual work to coincide with one another every day; the band will be releasing their first full-length album this year. We talked with Sarah Kue of Wet Dream about her experience in writing “Groove Plug” and the future of the band.

Credits:
Director and editor: Sarah Kue
Audio Engineer and Producer: Dylan White
Cinematography: Colette Pomerleau
Assistants: Dylan White, Benjamin Johnson, Sarah Kue, Briley Jozwiak
Photo: Colette Pomerleau

What drives you, Ben and Dyan to create music and visuals, simultaneously together?

How my brain processes and digests experience is split in two: sound & vision. When I hear or make music, I simultaneously see visuals, have visions. Wet Dream is not just a sonic project, it’s an art experiment.

How did you get in touch with the Ilios Interactive space, and why was that chosen for the video?

I fell in love with Ilios as soon as I experienced their installation. A friend who helped put the installation together connected me to Jonathon Mooney. It took two months to get an answer, but I knew we had to film there. So, I waited. Groove Plug is about our inability, as humans, to grasp the concept of forever. And it only made sense to film Groove Plug in a mirrored geodome.

Photo: Colette Pomerleau

What are your current aesthetic and sound inspirations?

Sonically: Hip-hop drum production, drum machines, 80s synth sounds, odd vocal harmonies, polyrhythmic compositions, mixed meter, shoegaze, krautrock. Visually: Classics collision with modernism, Memphis design, 3-D renderings, grids, primary colors, 80’s Miami, sci-fi, and warm dream tones.

What have been consistent narratives through your upcoming full length?

Futurism, humans relationship towards technology, human connection, the passing of time and its connection to memory, malleable objects. disassembling structures, architecture. the forming of shapes, minimalism, digital landscape, metropolitan dystopia/utopia, and the attempt to capture and recreate specific emotions through a visceral and sonic channel.

What was the main inspiration behind the track?

“I wrote ‘Groove Plug’ when I was feeling particularly lonely, during a party happening at my house. Even though there was a bunch of people all around me, I felt desolate. ‘Groove Plug’ is about human connection, unfiltered emotion, longing, electricity, howl machines, static nature, power outlets, consciousness, love, loneliness, future nostalgia, and the big question: what’s forever?”

What’s next for Wet Dream?

Finish recording our full-length album “Future Nostalgic” and we have a handful of music video ideas we’re about to start filming. Maybe a European tour?

Photo: Colette Pomerleau

Get your ears on Wet Dream’s music, tour dates and news via www.wetdreamcommittee.com

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