There's a quote out there that says, "Dreams are only thoughts you didn't have time to think about during the day." Aussie-born singer/songwriter Ben Lee reaches beyond such a notion and turns it upside down in order to grab a hold of the unconscious. And on Deeper Into Dream, his Dangerbird Records debut, he examines the intricate layers of dreams, looking to make sense out of life's most complex questions and ideals.
"I find dreams to be incredibly honest despite the kind of world we live in," Lee says. "[Dreams are] proof that every single person on the planet is an artist and is completely creative. I really don't like that elitist attitude to art – I like the idea that we are all creative and dreams prove it because people create entire worlds every night."
The ARIA award-winning musician's fascination with dreams and the mysteries behind them has long been a part of 20-plus years in the music business. But only now does the former Noise Addict singer, whose early years saw releases on the Beastie Boys' Grand Royal label and Thurston Moore’s Ecstatic Peace! imprint, feel it's the right time to explore that. In the last several, three of which were spent working with the late therapist Jan Lloyd, Lee fell in love with the mysteries that dreaming presents. And after he and his wife, actress Ione Skye, welcomed their daughter, Goldie Priya, in 2009, Lee thought it was time to re-examine things, especially the hidden messages inside his own dreams.