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Neil Dexter on why the Cocteau Twins are dream pop perfection

The Dublin singer, who is embarking on a solo career after a decade in indie outfit Spies, draws creative inspiration from acts as diverse as 10cc, the Sigur Rós, and the Blue Nile

Neil Dexter started performing as a boy soprano in Dublin’s St Patrick’s Cathedral and then spent over a decade with the indie-rock band Spies. Now he is launching a solo career, with his new dream-pop single I’ll Be Ready set to be followed by an album of the same name in October.

“I wrote the song when I was in my mid-to-late 20s,” he says of the electro-infused melody. “It’s about jumping into the next ...