Pride Month: New Planningtorock Single ‘Gay Dreams Do Come True’ Insists on Equal Happiness
In the years following its entry into the European Union in 2004, Estonia seemed as though it would be very much leading the way to a brighter Eastern European future. It had a high tech economy, a burgeoning contemporary art scene, and legendary nightlife in its capital, Tallinn (there was, and is, even a bar dedicated entirely to Depeche Mode).
But in more recent times Prime Minister Jüri Ratas’ Centre Party had worryingly formed a coalition with the far-right EKRE party – before he finally resigned earlier this year amidst a pandemic relief related corruption scandal. And now as the nation struggles towards gay marriage equality, new PM Kaja Kallas has just today tweeted her encouraging show of support:
This is amazing news for Berlin musician Planningtorock (Jam Rahouja Rostron), who moved to Tallinn two years ago to be with their partner Riinu. Since gay marriage is not yet legal in Estonia, they were eventually wed at the British embassy, as foreign same-sex unions are curiously enough accepted. And with Pride Month this year liberated from COVID restrictions, their new single ‘Gay Dreams Do Come True’ exhilaratingly celebrates a real hope for equality and happiness going forward.
Planningtorock has been an innovative force in European dance music these last fifteen years, having initially signed with James Murphy’s DFA, toured with LCD Soundsystem, and eventually collab’d with the likes of Robyn, Peaches, The Knife and Romy Madley Croft of The xx. But ‘Gay Dreams…’ is nothing but pure classic disco exuberance – think: Sylvester, Pet Shop Boys – with uplifting atmospherics and unrestrained lyrical exultations of desire (“Now that we’re together and I’m feeling so much / Baby you know it’s the way that you touch”).
“I feel there’s something very political about owning my queer happiness,” they enthuse, “cutting it out and saying: ‘We have a right to be happy.’ I want to make gay music and create space for queer stories.”
The track is taken from the upcoming EP of the same name, out October 29 via Human Level / PIAS. To celebrate the release, Planningtorock will do a pair of shows at London’s Scala (10/14) and Manchester’s Pink Room (10/15).