Matt Koenig, the Pittsburgh-born musician who goes by the moniker The Undercover Dream Lovers, has been serving up lush dream-pop for some time. Now, he's readying his first album that fuses his love for psychedelic indie rock and nostalgic synthpop.
The latest offering is "You Don't Have To Be Lonely," premiering on Billboard today (Jan. 15). Its bright, synth-based melodies are served best with a cherry popsicle and a sandy beach, making you long for the upcoming summer months. "Wrapped up in a feeling / locked up in your head all the time," he sings on the chorus, urging you to get on the dancefloor and outside of all the thoughts holding you back.
"It was really unexpected how ‘You Don’t Have to be Lonely’ came together. I originally thought the record was complete," Koenig tells Billboard. "For fun, I got together with my keyboardist to work on a song, which we had been talking about doing for a while."