As the year comes to a close (I know, it’s freaking me out too!) there’s always a new kind of stress that simmers for most of us—this could be holiday-related, or maybe it’s due to the sense that things keep getting worse. That said, it’s also the time of the year where music can become a necessary support. Maybe you need something that feels cathartic, or maybe you want an escapist soundtrack. If you’re looking for something vibey, blissful, and oh-so-dreamy, then the latest track from San Fermin and Wild Pink could be the perfect balm. “You Live My Dream” is the most recent single from San Fermin’s collaborative compilation In This House, which additionally features Nico Muhly, Sorcha Richardson, Thao Nguyen, Wye Oak, Attacca Quartet, and The Districts.
“‘You Live My Dream’ started as some instrumental tracks from [Wild Pink’s John Ross] with this hypnotic, kind of retro clubby beat,” says San Fermin’s Ellis Ludwig-Leone. “I dismantled it a bit, added piano for warmth, and changed some harmonies, and then put in that simple top line in the choruses, to which John wrote lyrics. He added guitars, and then Claire [Wellin] sang backups and harmonies. I’ve been a big fan of Wild Pink since they came on tour with us in 2019, and it was so exciting to be involved in John’s process. He starts with these propulsive, stadium rock-type sounds, but by the time the song is finished, there’s an intimacy and vulnerability that is really beautiful.”
“I kicked the idea off with some sounds that were a little more synthetic than I usually do,” John Ross adds. “I just wanted to make something fun with some new textures. Ellis took the idea and ran with it…changing the chords and infusing some more interesting sounds. Claire kindly lent her vocals towards the end of the process and everything really started to click then.”
Watch the visualizer for the track, made by Marty McPherson, below, and expect In This House out December 10.