In the past few years indie rock, soul, punk, hip-hop and trap have become one garbled mess of a genre, the soundcloud rap influences feeding back on the DIY-rockers and vice versa. We, as listeners, have lost any context that made genre-mashing so exciting in the first place. Fever Dreaming’s new single “O Yea” is the remedy to this problem of “genre fatigue”. “O Yea” stays compartmentalized in it’s production and intent, you can hear the obvious late 00s indie rock NYC influences (guitar work ala Grizzly Bear) while the bass-line stays clearly rooted in R&B. It’s the perfect balance of artistic intent and visceral release, a formula that could very well set the tone for underground artists into the 20s. Below is our exclusive interview with Fever Dreaming’s Sean Dowling, listen to the premiere of “O Yea” here:
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “O Yea“?
O yea was made out of a guitar loop I was playing with in my room, it all kind of came together and I added drums and a melody soon after. working with adam in the studio we were able to make it way crazier and weirder, which is always good.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
It’s sort of about my relationship with music and art in general. You give a lot of your time to something and it doesn’t always give back in return. But you do it anyway because you love it.
How was the recording and writing process?
Recording was very unique and smooth. I had worked with Adam on previous projects and we have a very chill creative relationship with each other. It was new territory for both of us and we went in with no preconceived notions of what it should sound like.
What role does Bronx play in your music?
The diversity of this area has always inspired me and fed my curiosity for different genres of music. It gave me an open perspective on different genres and how they intersect and I think that really comes through in this project.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes! new ep on the way.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
It’s called “sweater” and it’s coming soon.