“Cursed by a Dream” went through three distinct versions over several years. It was the companion song to “Saturn’s Sun”, which I wrote around the same time. In fact, I deliberated over which song to release as a single.
“Cursed by a Dream” started off with a 12/8 time signature and a Beatlesque swing, which sounded a little bit OMD. Whilst this would have worked on a previous Space March album such as my debut or Mountain King, it wasn’t right for this album. As a ballad, the arrangement is somewhat sparse compared to many of the other album tracks, but in a similar fashion to the other tracks, it has a strong contrast between the verse and chorus stylings. On the synthpop to synthwave ratio, this one definitely swings towards synthpop, but it’s still strong with the 80s retro vibe.