Young Love & Loss: Ontario’s Babygirl Dazzle on Slick, Sweet Single “You Were in My Dream Last Night”

Babygirl © Kate Dockeray
Babygirl © Kate Dockeray
“You Were in My Dream Last Night” is vibrant, slick, and dazzlingly dramatic: It’s as cathartic as it is tense, the kind of song that ensures we’ll be listening to Babygirl for months, if not years to come.
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“You Were in My Dream Last Night” – Babygirl




Few bands in recent memory have blended the raw and cinematic with such natural ease; Nirvana, Alabama Shakes, and Phoebe Bridgers come to mind as three examples of those who have managed to capture intense feelings in expansive, visceral sonic packages.

Add to that shortlist Babygirl, the Sandlot Records-signed Ontario pairing of Kiki Frances and Cameron Breithaupt. Active throughout the past five years, the pop/rock band enjoyed a modicum of success with their 2018 sophomore EP Lovers Fever, and are now well on their way to topping that buzz with a series of singles that are, without a doubt, leading up to a feverish and finessed third EP.

You Were In My Dream Last Night - Babygirl
You Were In My Dream Last Night – Babygirl
You picked me on Friday night
It was late October
Her face was lit by traffic light
We were red all over
We hit the hazards, hit the pipe
Pulled off on the shoulder
You played me, wouldn’t it be nice
If we were older?

Following last October’s “Easy,” Babygirl steamrolled their way into 2021 with the tenderly tense “You Were In My Dream Last Night” – a provocative balance of modern indie pop (think Valley and COIN) and ‘00s pop punk influences that shines with understated, emotional elegance.

How can it, how can it be
That you’re not here with me?
How can it, how can it be?
When you were in my dream last night…
Babygirl © Becca Hamel
Babygirl © Becca Hamel



“This song was definitely inspired by some of the great pop storytellers we grew up on,” the band tell Atwood Magazine. “Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” was a big influence. The innocence of those memories of young love set against the truth that you can never get it back.”

“We had the verses for a long time before we had the chorus. We liked them so much that we held out until we found the chorus that felt like it clicked – this one clicked. There also used to be this whole other verse about going to the drive-in theatre to watch Beetlejuice. Glad that one didn’t make the cut!”

This season just before the frost
When the wind gets colder
The feeling just before the drop
On a rollercoaster
You said, “The best is yet to come”
And you pulled me closer
It’s sweetest just before it rots
And it hangs you over
Do you see my face in your sleep?
Do you wake up missing me?
How can it, how can it be?
When you were in my dream last night…

Babygirl’s music is as dreamy as it is smart and colorful: A dynamic explosion of evocative, compelling sound.

“On the production, we’re very meticulous. We know what we want to hear and we do everything we can to get there. Figuring out that transition from the electronic drums to the live kit was a big turning point for the production. It just made the arrangement unfold so much more naturally. We also recut this vocal like 3 times. The final one was recorded in Kiki’s little sister’s closet – it’s full of shelves with stuffed animals in them, so it was actually kind of acoustically treated with teddy bears. It was a very cute vibe.”

Babygirl © Kate Dockeray
Babygirl © Kate Dockeray



“You Were in My Dream Last Night” is vibrant, slick, and dazzlingly dramatic.

It’s as cathartic as it is tense the whole way through – the kind of song that ensures we’ll be listening to Babygirl for months, if not years to come.

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