New music from WhiteBeard (single) “Dream of Me”
Glowing with a melodic intensity that has become as much of a signature as his own voice is, the guitars are always a star in Whitebeard’s sound, but they’re all the more a linchpin of his new single “Dream of Me.” Whether consumed beside the vibrant imagery occupying our screen in the music video for “Dream of Me” or simply found in the song itself, the strings here are a catalyst for every eruption of catharsis we’ll encounter. Whitebeard has no room for sonic fluff in this track – his formula requires nothing more than raw passion and righteous rhythm, both of which he possesses plentifully.
Everything in “Dream of Me” centers on the strut of the percussion. The drums colorize the string play with a tension that maximizes the release in the chorus substantially. Where the bassline is used as a cushion for the vocal element in the song, there’s no added wallop created in their harmony – contrarily, I think it creates some efficiency in the hook when it counts the most. This is top quality arranging at its most vulnerable and exposed, and it’s half the reason why I think this is one of Whitebeard’s best songs to date.
If you’ve heard his music before, you already know that Whitebeard has a penchant for drawing up provocative enigmas in his work, but I don’t think “Dream of Me” is his greatest riddle yet. It’s definitely as multi-interpretive as anything on Plaid Is the New Black was, but I don’t see anything within its construction that would imply he was trying to impart something darker beneath the sunny finish here at all. A little straightforward compared to what I was expecting, this single gives us a different angle from which to understand its creator’s artistic drive (which is a plus at any rate in my book).
The chorus here could have used a little more emphasis on the bassline, but I can understand what Whitebeard was going for in putting his vocals at the top of everything else at this juncture in the song. If his goal was to tie together the loose ends in a pop-centric hook, he absolutely created a transparent showcase for his compositional skillset in “Dream of Me.” Whether or not the mainstream press takes note will be up to the future to decide, but personally, I think this track belongs in his ‘Best of’ collection without a doubt.
While I was only a casual fan of Whitebeard’s discography prior to now, I’m definitely going to be looking out for more of his content as the 2020’s begin to take shape. There are a lot of reasons to keep this guy on your radar right now – his skills are maturing marvelously, his sound is tighter than ever, and most of all, he’s steering clear of selling out (even though he’s got every reason to do so, considering the talent he’s got). Whitebeard is one true blue player, and “Dream of Me” is an excellent exhibition of his in-studio abilities.