During the four years between Weird Dreams' debut album Choreography and Luxury Alone, Doran Edwards experienced profound changes: The band became a solo project; he moved to Paris; and the uncertainty in his life led to battles with depression and anxiety. Throughout it all, he never stopped writing songs, and he found inspiration -- as well as calm -- in the work of writers such as Robert Ashley and musicians including Ryuichi Sakamoto, French electronic composer Eliane Radigue, and Broadcast. While Luxury Alone's synth-pop mantras are a radical transformation from the jangly Choreography, they also sound surprisingly natural.
When 2013’s Choreography LP was released, Weird Dreams was an intriguing four-piece London group that specialised in doo-wop power pop with the odd eerie Lynchian undertone. Since then, it has become the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Doran Edwards, now based in Paris. On this latest effort, Edwards conjures echoes of various esteemed mongers of sweet-melodied sadness but never manages to equal their miserable majesty.