“Dream” begins with an acoustic guitar, disjointed sentence fragments, and no indication of the Soulful power that follows. The track from Bishop Briggs is a contrast between sophisticated, sometimes choir-backed vocals and almost rudimental instrumental support. The percussion in particular takes a no-frills path, while Briggs leads the way through an emotional passage.
The choir vocals are the distinguishing feature of “Dreams.” But in identifying a favorite portion of the track, we point to the 20 seconds that start at 2:11. The instruments have a minimalistic and then nonexistent role, allowing the listener to appreciate the passionate voice inflections of Briggs and the elegance of the backing vocals. Suddenly, Briggs forcefully declares “I wanna wake up where your love is.”
In discussing the song, Briggs explains:
"’Dream’ is unlike anything I've ever released. It was written with Dan Wilson, who has never rested or settled on anything inauthentic. This song scares me and I think that's what I find most liberating about it. ‘Dream’ is about having fears and doing your best to embrace them no matter how strenuous the grip is.”
Bishop Briggs is the performance name of Sarah Grace McLaughlin. She was born in Bishopbriggs, Scotland, but now resides in Los Angeles.