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4 stars Daymoon from Portugal!

It is great to see that the progressive rock realm has expanded its boundaries since some decades ago, reaching places that seemed not to have a prominent scene. One of those places may be Portugal, a country that has some known artists such as Jose Cid or Banda do Casaco, but also some newer and talented acts such as Egyptian Kings, or Daymoon. This latter band led by Fred Lessing released in this 2011 a wonderful album entitled "All Tomorrows", which has the collaboration of some great prog rock musicians like Hugo Flores and Andy Tillison.

This album features ten compositions that make a total time of 65 minutes. It opens with "All Tomorrows" which starts with a bombastic and happy-like mood and rhythm, full of keyboards, great bass lines and harmony vocals. It is a wonderful opener because its intensity clearly helps the listener getting interested in the music. After two minutes there is a short passage of quietness, which seconds later disappears in order to return to the original sound. Later there is a cool moment with acoustic and electric guitars, very sympathetic; until the song finishes with a beep, and an apparent death.

"TrascendenZ" is a wonderful short track that shows the eclecticism of the band, who are mislabeled here as a Crossover act. Here we can listen to a great mixture of symphonic prog, with some fusion provided by winds and even some heavier passages. It leads to "Human Again", which grabs some cultural pieces from different countries, I don't know, but here I can listen to Portugal, Spain and France, for instance. This is a very complete, challenging and well-crafted composition, full of changes and elements that show the band's compositional skills, and their capacity to take us to their realm. This is one of my favorite pieces here.

"Marrakech" is the shortest track, and it has a very mellow sound, with piano, flute and spoken words in the first moments. Later it changes and creates another rollercoaster of sounds. I love how in just two minutes and a half they can put several images, elements and sounds. As you can imagine, a mid-east sound can be found here. The next track is "Sorry", which in the other hand, is one of the longest compositions. The first minutes are alike, with acoustic guitar and gentle vocals, who little by little are being accompanied and complemented by the other instruments, such as drums, bass, winds and keyboards. The instrumental parts are great, sharing peace and charm in one hand, intrigue and expectations in the other. After five minutes it changes (they are constantly changing, in a positive way), vocals appear and create a nice sound. And there it goes, with instrumental, then vocals, then instrumental passages. Great song.

"Bell Jar" starts with a keyboards and flute as background, creating some tension in the ambience, but later that disappears and a new structure appears with acoustic guitars, vocals and electronic drums. Once again, they feed us with a good variety and diversity of sounds, rhythms, nuances. "First Rain" starts again with acoustic guitar and a charming sound, later vocals enter and complement this laid-back track, whose second part has some kind of soft spacey ambience. When we don't expect it, all of a sudden "Arklow" starts with a heavier and more intense sound that could perfectly fit in a film or a play, at least I imagine some things while listening to it. Later lyrics enter and little by little a structure is being built up. Here I like a lot the guitars and keyboards specially, though all the members make a great work.

"News from the Outside" has a mellow and soft sound, with a wonderful keyboard background and a charming voice and rhythm. Two minutes later a guitar riff appears, and then the song continues as it began, with that laid back orientation that is easy to enjoy. The final track of the album is the longest one, its name is "The Sum" and with thirteen minutes length, the band offers one more time a proof of eclecticism, rhythmical and emotional changes, a wonderful diversity of elements and instruments such as flute or clarinet, harmony vocals, keyboards, etc. There are different passages on this song, like chapters of a TV series, that are being told one by one, but that together complete the puzzle. This is a well crafted song, intelligently composed and wonderfully performed. They chose the most complex and maybe best track to finish the album, and it was the right choice.

I am pleased with Daymoon's album, and though I would not say it is a masterpiece, I bet the band may reach higher levels in the future. Recommendable without a doubt!

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 4/5 |


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