In March 2021 Dean took stock of how many songs he had accumulated since the EP, thinking that there would be 4 or 5 half-baked ideas and a couple of reasonably fully formed ones. He discovered 10 demos that were basically ready to go which just needed some TLC and a vocal, so he started working them up, one by one. The title came up when Dean was ruminating on these songs, sitting around on a hard drive. I thought, "it's like they were sitting there saying to me, we've been hoping you'd wake up and find us and now you have".
Once the demos became actual songs, with lyrics, he sequenced them as a cohesive unit and was surprised to discover a loose narrative emerged from the lyrical content and the tone of each song. The story is of someone who wakes up one morning to a world he no longer recognises, where everything is upside-down, nothing makes sense, and he's bewildered that people around him carry on as if nothing is wrong.
released January 21, 2022
All music written performed and produced by Dean Young