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Teitur's Soundtrack to Pleasant Dreams

Don't Want You to Wake Up

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  • Song: "Don't Want You To Wake Up"
  • Artist: Teitur
  • CD: Stay Under the Stars
  • Genre: Folk-Pop

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When Danish singer-songwriter Teitur (pronounced "tighter") released Poetry & Aeroplanes in 2004, he sounded like a star in waiting: With a warm gentility to match his melancholic delivery, he radiated accessible sweetness on song after song. But the album itself didn't quite connect commercially, and Teitur opted to release the new Stay Under the Stars on his own record label.

Though uneven and oddly paced compared to its slickly consistent predecessor, Stay Under the Stars doesn't want for moments of grace. "Don't Want You To Wake Up" opens the disc on an almost stridently good-natured note, with Teitur extolling the virtues of watching a lover sleep — "Don't want you to wake up / Stay under the stars / where no one can make us / change what we are" — amid strummed acoustic guitars and subtly breezy strings.

The track never accelerates beyond an agreeable amble, but "Don't Want You To Wake Up" isn't about momentum anyway. Instead, it's about setting a tone of almost extreme comfort, and about reveling in a late night's moments of peace and freedom from responsibility. In the end, it celebrates sweet dreams by giving them a loping, lovely soundtrack.

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