In the earliest stage of life, an infant’s appetite can seem insatiable, especially when the baby cries out for food every two hours in the middle of the night. Over time, groggy, fatigued parents look for ways to prolong the time between nighttime feedings. One strategy is to feed infants from a bottle while trying not to wake them, which nourishes the baby while also training them to sleep longer without interruption. It’s known as the “dreamfeed.”
When Nate Gelinas began working on his second solo album as Solitaires, he and his wife were in the early throes of parenting twin boys, and that idea of a dreamfeed seemed to characterize much of his existence, so much so that the term became the title track of his sophomore record, which Gelinas released last month.
“When you’re living with kids, a lot of times I feel like I’m living in some dream or a trance state,” said Gelinas, who also drew parallels to the social media feeds and news feeds in which he and everyone else seemed to be swimming. In the title track, Gelinas describes a hazy, idyllic summer day at the river near the Park of Roses, but he still can’t escape the digital world. “We put our days into the feed/They fade into the screen/Will they mean a little more if we share them with our friends?” he sings.
Unlike the folk-indebted songs on 2016 album Southcoast, which Gelinas described as vehicles for the lyrics,…