CRAIG WEDREN shares the latest single from The Dream Dreaming, a yearlong series of singles and videos which allows Wedren to focus on a song and its visuals at the same time, candy flipping between the two as one informs the other. Best known as the frontman for Washington, DC-based seminal post-hardcore band Shudder To Think, new single “W 52nd” delivers something gentler but equally distinctive — a gorgeous love letter to his beloved wife and the since-departed city where they first fell in love.
Of “W 52nd,” Craig notes: “I wrote W. 52nd exactly one year ago for my wife Meggan’s birthday, when we were a few months into Covid, and missing NYC -our friends, youth, and relative rose colored, rearview simplicity- pretty hard. Since we couldn’t go there, or anywhere, for her birthday, I thought I’d make her a simple time machine, which is what songs are (time-and-dimension machines).
This one travels backward to our years living and moving through New York together; and forward, into old(er) age, observing the movement of the city itself.
Above all, W. 52nd is a love letter to Meggan, and to the home of our heart.”
In addition to his solo work, the former Shudder to Think frontman is a renowned and prolific film & TV composer (Wet Hot American Summer, GLOW, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, more). Now in its final season, Wedren co-composed the score for the critically beloved Hulu show Shrill, along with frequent collaborator and dear friend Anna Waronker (that dog.). He also composes the music for NBC’s New Amsterdam along with Jefferson Friedman and Alex Shenkman, which Back Lot Music recently released the soundtrack for. Hear New Amsterdam (Music from the Television Series) here: https://backlotmusic.ffm.to/newamsterdam.
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