Every comment under the sun’s been made towards PC Music this year, but if there’s one defining quality of their songs—and it is a quality—it’s that they make the human heart out to be some lesser force when compared to a machine. It’s like the bleeping frenzy of a robot is mocking the senses when Hannah Diamond declares “I don’t want to be an MP3,” or even when she compares the breaking down of a relationship to a forgotten “Attachment.”
Danny L Harle is different. “In My Dreams”—coupled with visuals of a flock of seagulls swarming grey skies—feels like the most human strand to emerge from this distinctly machine-led project. Vocals are still pitched to meet the chipmunk swarm that PC specializes in, but there’s a tenderness and a heart to this song. It’s the sound of a hard drive discovering it has feelings, not just 250GB of space. It’s Spike Jonze’s Siri-like creature in Her beginning to discover emotion. If PC Music is to carry on developing instead of being a distant mirage from a fucked-up 2014, “In My Dreams” is leading the way in progressing.