It’s been a long time since we’ve heard from British electro-soul duo Equals.
The last time we had the opportunity to introduce the pair — made up of producer James Low and vocalist Ade Omotayo — we were catching up on their last release, Old Habits. Soon after, the titular track from that project was remixed by The Last Artful, Dodgr and Neill Von Tally, but they’ve since been confined to the studio where the duo have been “working on a huge wave of exciting new music.”
One of the products from those sessions is “Daylight Dreaming.” It’s energetic, groovy and melodic, but there’s a layer of anxiety coming from Omotayo’s vocals. He sings, “I tried to tie up your hands, but there’s no stopping you.” The lyrics are ambiguous enough to attach them to a situation that fits your experience in a relationship, or they could just be words that bring to life a literal daydream that ran through Omotayo’s mind. The point is to let your mind wander.
“The lyrics are inspired by an old Ian Curtis quote, ‘I used to work in a factory and I was really happy because I could daydream all day,'” a press release said. “That quote inspired James (the producer) to think about how difficult it’s become to daydream now that our jobs take up so much headspace and we’re plugged into cyberspace 24/7 through Smartphones. I challenged myself to go for a cold walk in the snow, notice what was going on around me and let my mind wander. I wrote the whole song on the walk – so the song is about what it would be like to daydream again.'”
Listen to “Daylight Dreaming” below.