The contemplative alt-country songs on Dreamin' were recorded to tape in July last year with the help of The Low Anthem's Jeff Prystowsky. The band moved away from the inclusion of digitally programmed drums and rhodes piano for Dreamin', opting instead for a warmer, more organic aesthetic and a starker performance. Most of the songs on Dreamin' took shape while Dan Wriggins (vocals and guitar) and Mike Cormier (drums) worked and lived as groundskeepers at a private estate in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, frequently driving into Philadelphia for shows and friends. The record is set both in the country and the city - community, peacefulness, and isolation can all be heard and felt throughout the superb new record.
Friendship have retained a loyal cult following since their first offering in 2015, You're Going to Have to Trust Me, which was released on Burst and Bloom Records that year. An EP on Sleeper Records and another record on their current label Orindal Records followed in 2017 - the acclaimed Shock Out of Season, bringing us forward to late 2019; when they will release their wonderful new album Dreamin' on 8th November again via Orindal Records.
The songs of Dreamin' are immediate and gentle. They explore human signs and meaning and are as equally driven by moments of love and connection as they are by our total unknowing, even to those closest to us. In Not an Exit, the driver-narrator asks their passenger: "Can you see those cloudy symbols? / One for fine, two for miserable / three might stand for not insurmountable." The language is unclear. The message is variable. The characters of Dreamin' reflect our abiding search for love and understanding.