“Set Adrift on Memory Bliss” is a song by American hip-hop and R&B group PM Dawn. It was released on August 5, 1991 with “For the Love of Peace” on the B-side as the lead single from their debut album, “Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience.” The song was written by PM Dawn member Attrell Cordes (known as Prince Be). It is also credited to Spandau Ballet member Gary Kemp, as “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss” is built upon a prominent sample from the 1983 song “True“. The sample forms the foundation of the song, creating a dreamy and melodic backdrop for Prince Be’s smooth and introspective vocals.
“Set Adrift on Memory Bliss” became a commercial success for PM Dawn, reaching the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. It showcased the group’s unique blend of hip-hop, R&B, and pop elements, and helped establish them as pioneers of the “neo-psychedelia” genre. The lyrics of “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss” delve into themes of nostalgia, love, and the transient nature of memories. The song reflects on past relationships and the emotions associated with them, blending introspection with a sense of longing. The music video for “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss” features a visually striking and surreal aesthetic. It incorporates elements of nature, water, and celestial imagery, creating a dreamlike atmosphere that complements the song’s introspective nature.
The song’s success brought PM Dawn mainstream recognition and critical acclaim. It remains one of their most well-known and beloved tracks, with its ethereal sound and introspective lyrics resonating with audiences. The success of “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss” paved the way for PM Dawn’s subsequent releases and solidified their place in music history.