ARTIST: Daydream Cathedral
RELEASE DATE: 07/01/16
RECORD COMPANY: Infinite Creativity Group
Los Angeles based psychedelic dream gazers ‘Daydream Cathedral’ aka creator Shawn Michael & producer/guitarist Dino (aka Andromeda) debut 5 track EP release entitled ‘Ancestors’ characterises something very familiar within the modern day underground shoegaze & dream pop world as it displays something that I believe is giving this modern day resurgence of the scene its longevity. The development of audio electronic engineering & its equipment, the development of the internet or email & also the ability of musicians to record, produce & release music whilst living in different countries & continents is unleashing old school bedroom producers & musicians onto the shoegazing scene in their droves. More and more artists are coming forward displaying truly immense musical knowledge and its transferring into their own releases which in turn influence other artists to do the same. Its great to see and even better to hear the results. The Production of ‘Daydream Cathedral’s’ ‘Ancestors’ EP was done remotely with pre-production & tracking done in Hawaii and post-production & additional tracking done in Los Angeles. This whole project was finished while neither musicians were able to be in the same room as each other. A truly remarkable feat if you ask me as they are quoted as saying that “They produced the entire thing using Google Drive & Facebook Messenger”.
The EP opens with an electronic edge as sequenced synths and electronic drums swerve into the musical ether. ‘Love Refocused’ has psychedelically infused shimmering vocal arrangements and jangling guitars that jump in and out of the track with ease. ‘Eyelids’ charges through proceedings with fuzzy droning guitars, pounding drums & enveloping layered vocals intertwined with impressive synth swells. The track oozes with brilliant euphoric production. Psychedelic synth swells announce the arrival of ‘Into The Mellow’ and I’m instantly reminded of ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ era Pink Floyd with its reverberating guitar lines, hazy vocals and that Saxophone! A brilliant addition to any shoegazing / psych track and something that creeping into the scene as of late with Irish Psych gazers ‘Tuath’ unveiling their trump ‘Sax’ card on their debut release back in 2015. The sampled voices and repetitive guitar lines all add to the overall ascetic of this track but there is just no getting away from the ‘Pink Floyd’ tag. Im almost led to believe that ‘The Orb’ have released new music when the opening bars of ‘In And Out’ rumble onto the sonic sound sphere. Another brilliantly executed slice of electronic psych/shoegaze with its addictive vocal lines hugging a wall of effected guitars & synths, solid percussion & mesmerising sampled vocal parts. The EP’s closing track ‘Pharaoh’s Wheel’ is another alt /psych affair with driving guitars, electronic drum patterns, soaring synth swells & impressive vocal tracks. A fitting end to a rather interesting debut EP.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Del Chaney has spent the last three years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze Dream Pop Post-Punk & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog – The Primal Music Blog. His other arm – Primal Radio – has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.