ABOVE: BODY PARTS. IMAGE COURTESY OF STEPHANIE GONOT
With some light Googling, we learned that the appearance of fire in a dream is favorable to the dreamer, so long as he or she doesn’t get burned. Whatever that means, dreams figure prominently into L.A. band Body Parts’ sound. Their forthcoming album Fire Dream (which was in fact inspired by vocalist Ryder Bach’s nightmare) is the meeting point of bright, ’80s dance music and the subconscious.
For their latest track, “Unavoidable Things,” Bach and bandmate Alina Cutrono pair the synth-heavy sound and cresting harmonies of their earlier work with lyrics that plunge inward. “Three months ago I woke up in a cold sweat,” Ryder Bach sings over an infectious groove. “It was a fire dream. Everyone was burning, but they weren’t dead yet…” Freighted with symbolism, the line hangs unfinished and leaves listeners wondering about its meaning even as they dance away.
So what does Bach dream about when he hears the song? “I come upon a homeless man sitting against the side of a building crying, I ask him what’s wrong, and he looks up at me and says, ‘There’s no way I can change my nature,’ ” he says. “This scene never actually happened, but for some reason it always comes into my head when I hear this song, I don’t know why.” Like most dreams, we’ll leave it up to Freud to dissect this one.
BODY PARTS’ DEBUT RECORD FIRE DREAM WILL BE RELEASED OCTOBER 29 ON FATHER/DAUGHTER RECORDS. FOR MORE ON THE BAND, CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE.