Singer-songwriter Max Embers is giving us the first taste of his upcoming EP idyllwild with the release of his single and music video “wildest dreams.” An unsuspected child of the past year’s pandemic, a need to escape LA, and the building anxiety Embers was experiencing, “wildest dreams” was written after his first night away in an AirBnB trailer. Inspired by a lucid dream, the return of warmth and life to his chest, and “feeling more free than ever,” the single is simultaneously warm, grounded, and airy, full of renewed hope, taking the listener to a new place.

With over 5 million streams on his pre-existing catalogue, Embers’ new music is a strong representation of the warmly honest, deeply heartfelt, nature-bound music that Embers has found his voice in. As fans listen to the track, they will float gently above the trees, mountains, and horizon of Idyllwild, CA that inspired Embers’ newest creation. “Getting to finally share ‘wildest dreams’ with the world feels like coming home,” says Embers.

“wildest dreams” represents the beginning of a journey—both a literal three-week journey out of LA, and a journey that allowed Max to figuratively go places with his music that he and his imagination never would have gone before. Embers speaks of “wildest dreams” saying: “It’s a song about giving yourself permission to hope, to dream, to marvel at all that is possible, to trust that you have in you what it takes to achieve everything you’ve ever dreamt of, to remind yourself that there is beauty in the little things in life, to see that maybe real life doesn’t have to be so different from your wildest dreams – a realization that, personally speaking, has freed me in the most unexpected ways.”

As the first single from his upcoming EP idyllwild, “wildest dreams” is accompanied by a video that is the first peek into a series of diary-style segments recorded by Embers. On a journey to find his voice, Embers invites viewers to experience the discovery of self alongside him with a series of DIY, ’90s handheld camcorder style of home videos that shows viewers his perspective in a candid and vulnerable way. The video for “wildest dreams” begins the story with Embers driving up to Idyllwild, moving into the trailer, and spending time up on Inspiration Point during sunset, an overlook at the top of a mountain close to the town. As the journey to the release of the EP progresses fans will get to experience each single visually, making for an incredible representation of the magic Embers found in the California mountains.

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Dawn Jones is the curator of the V13 imPRESSED Column. Previously known as imPRESSED Indie Music Blog, Jones and her team joined forces with V13 in 2020 to collaborate on an exclusive column on V13's site (imPRESSED) to bring a niche focus to the rapidly evolving indie music genre. Dawn is also the founder of Pressed PR - a boutique PR agency that focuses on PR for independent creatives. Pressed PR’s team works on a variety of campaigns partnering with independent filmmakers, independent artists, and independent labels. Pressed PR’s music clientele has landed in the pages of Billboard, Atwood Magazine, EARMILK, HYPE Magazine, and many others.