Petticoat, aka David Halsey, taps into the tricky world of online dating in his new single “Fantasy.” Although dating apps and websites didn’t really gain momentum until the 21stcentury, the maestro uses New Wave elements of 80s to create a bubbly pop single that exudes a cool, retro feel. The song portrays the shallowness that one can encounter when trying to find love via wifi where countless users create a certain ‘persona’ that may not even fit their true selves – like their profile pics:
In Petticoat’s words, “Fantasy” is “a song centered around the act of presenting through dating apps and websites. The lyrics play into the consequences of shallowness and miscommunication through online profiles. I chose to go with 80s New Wave mixed with dance pop for the instrumental. To me, that era of 80s synth pop was inherently futuristic for its time with its synthesizers, experimental voice mixing, and subject matter. It was a perfect match to get across the feeling and message of modern love; like an eye towards the future through a lens of retrospection.”
Petticoat currently lives in the Bay Area and is getting ready to roll out his debut EP, which includes “Fantasy,” early this fall. When he’s not making music, he is very emotionally available on dating apps or enjoying the company of his Monomachine.