During rave’s early ’90s peak, a multitude of tracks featured the word “dream,” often with an undertone suggesting that participants in the movement knew deep down that it was all just a dream, that utopia built on a chemical could only be a flimsy and transitory construction. This could offer another shade of meaning to “untrue”: Rave as the dream that died, or worse, the dream that lied. Indeed, the phrase “dream life” in “Raver” could be heard as “dream-lie.”

andrew van hyfte