Joe Wong Shares First Single and Music Video for “Dreams Wash Away” Feat. Animation From Netflix’s ‘The Midnight Gospel’ + Announces New Tour Dates
Musician/Composer Shares The Titmouse-Produced Video Featuring Animation From Acclaimed Netflix Original Series
Multi-instrumentalist and composer Joe Wong (Master of None, Russian Doll, Ugly Delicious, Awkwafina is Nora From Queens and more…) has shared his first single and accompanying music video for “Dreams Wash Away.” Wong is behind the composition for Adventure Time creators Pendelton Ward and Comedian Duncan Trussell‘s recently released and widely-praised Netflix original series, The Midnight Gospel in which his latest single can be heard as the featured finale track.
The music video for “Dreams Wash Away,” produced by Emmy award-winning animation studio Titmouse and edited by The Midnight Gospel’s editor Megan Love, features re-contextualized elements from the Netflix hit series, taking the characters and environment that surrounds them in the series into a reimagined state of euphoric visuals.
Watch the incredible animated video via Netflix’s YouTube page below!
The song plays during The Midnight Gospel’s emotional season finale, “Mouse of Silver” during a heartbreaking and intimate conversation between Trussell and his mother, Deneen Fendig, who was dying from metastatic breast cancer at the time of the recording takes place.
Via press release Trussell describes “Dreams Wash Away” as “an atomic blast of mystical sonic light!,” which perfectly encapsulates the episode’s themes: ego death and coming to terms with mortality. These themes resonated with Wong, who lost his own father as The Midnight Gospel began production. Wong recalls, “This project came into my life at precisely the right time. A few days after our first meeting, Duncan called me to discuss music as I was unexpectedly driving to the airport to say goodbye to my dad. Later, I came to learn that our experiences and philosophies around death mirrored one another. Working with this extraordinary team and writing ‘Dreams Wash Away’ helped me work through the loss.” You can hear both Trussell and Joe discuss this further on the show and more on a recent episode of his podcast The Trap Set.
“Dreams Wash Away” marks the lead single from his upcoming full length debut albumNite Creatures, which was produced by Mary Timony who also plays guitar on the album, and is due out later this year. The basic tracks were recorded at the secluded Gatos Trail Recording Studio in Joshua Tree, California and the album was mixed by famed, depth-scouring Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann. The album’s luxurious melodies accompany Wong’s deeply personal lyrics, written in the years between his father suffering a stroke in 2010 and his death in 2019. The result is an album that – in the cinematic detail of one of Wong’s film scores – explores the intersection of melancholy and joyful surrender.
Alongside releasing music + visuals, Wong has also shared rescheduled dates for his previously announced Spring tour. Moved to October, the tour is now planned to kick off October 16 in Chicago and will wrap in San Francisco on October 27th. Wong’s live band Nite Creatures is comprised of musical heavyweights including Matt Cameron (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam) on drums, Mary Timony (Ex Hex, Helium) on guitar, Mary Lattimore (Meg Baird, Thurston Moore, Kurt Vile, etc.) on harp, Crisanta Baker (Lo Moon) on keyboards and Chad Molter (Faraquet, Medications) on bass. The orchestral sound of the album will be replicated live with a 12-piece chamber ensemble, under the direction of arranger/violinist Paul Cartwright (Portugal the Man, Kamasi Washington). All previously purchased tickets will still be honored.
JOE WONG TOUR DATES
10/16 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
10/18 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
10/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
10/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room
10/25 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
10/26 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir *NEW VENUE
10/27 – San Francisco, CA @ Independent JOE WONG + NITE CREATURES TOURING BAND