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Standout Track: “Dream Machine,” the fifth track on D.C. synth-pop duo Sun Machines’ new album Supersonic Sons, acts as a sort of centerpiece to the album. “In the sequence, I feel like it’s a really nice centerpiece,” says multi-instrumentalist and lead singer J. Forté. By the end of the track, “there’s 10 or 12 vocal tracks and a couple of simultaneous vocal melodies going on at the same time.” It’s a lot, and Forté notes that, were the pressed onto vinyl, the end of the track would present a really nice opportunity for listeners to take a moment and collect themselves.

Musical Motivation: Nearly all of Supersonic Sons is loosely written around themes of space travel, building on the foundation Sun Machines laid down on its first record, Human Subjects. As the title might suggest, “Dream Machine” deals largely with the issue of traveling through space in suspended animation. “But on another level,” Forté says, “it’s kind of about escape and freedom that you can feel when you’re dreaming. You know, anything can happen.”

Space Commodity: Forté notes that his favorite type of science fiction features average human beings in extraordinary circumstances. He notes that his favorite sci-fi author is Philip K. Dick includes a certain degree of “technology jargon, but it’s really about what the character’s feeling, his perceptions and things like that.” Not everybody likes space, but everybody dreams, Forté notes. “So you want something that not just nerds will relate to.”