Placed at the end of Trophy Eyes‘ Chemical Miracle album is “Daydreamer”. This gentle confessional from the Newcastle five piece is our Track Of The Day.
“I’ve got friends, I’ve got friends
They don’t love me
Like I love them”
Sung with the raw expressiveness we’ve come to know and love from John Floreani, “Daydreamer” shares a sense of displacement and not fully belonging. The same theme plays out on other tracks of Chemical Miracle: wondering who will miss the narrator in “Suicide Pact”, finally feeling at home with another person in “Breathe You In”, and discomfort of belonging in “Home Is”.
In “Daydreamer”, there is awkwardness described in friendships, and coming home to a home that doesn’t feel like home at all. The feeling is heavy acceptance though; that the way the narrator feels is not how others feel about him. That that’s just how it is. This independence-slash-weirdness-slash-uniqueness is further captured in his homecoming being celebrated by cigarettes (only), and having nothing but two bags of things to his name.
It’s a beautiful track, building up to a feeling of relief expressed in the final chorus (sing it with me: “DAAAAAAYYYYDREAAAAMERRRR… No one’s gonna love youuuu like you love themmm”).