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FABRIC OF SPACE DIVINE

Daymoon

Crossover Prog


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3.52 | 17 ratings | 4 reviews | 6% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing

1 Singularity To Sol
2 Seed Of Complexity
3 Evolution
4 Beyond Nature
5 Beyond Trinity
6 Anthropocentrics
7 Beyond Multiplicity
8 Beyond Good And Evil
9 Middle
10 Ice Prospector
11 Digital
12 Beyond
13 Grasping The Fabric
14 Twisting The Fabric
15 Beyond Zero Kelvin
16 One

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Line-up / Musicians

Fred Lessing - guitars, bass, percussion, keyboards, woodwinds, reeds, vocals (15), backing vocals, angklung, baroque recorder, krummhorn, banjo, smashes bottles, flute, d'zi flute
André Marques - drums, percussion, smashes bottles, rips cloth, keyboards, piano
Joana Lessing - percussion (1, 2, 5), backing vocals (10)
Adriano Pereira - clarinet (1)
Paulo Catroga - piano (5)
Bruno Evangelista - vocals (2,5,15)
Michael Dorp (Flying Circus) - vocals (4)
Hugo Flores (Project Creation, Factory of Dreams) - vocals (14)
Helena Madeira - celtic harp (2)
Vasco Patrício - guitar solo (15)
Paulo Chagas - sax (1,2,6), alien percussion & vocals (13) reeds & woodwinds (13,14), flute (1,2,3,6,15)
Davis Raborn III - drums (6,14)
Jeff Markham - vocals (7,9,10,11,12), Europa probe voice (12)
Mark Guertin - bass (3,4,5,6,7,11)

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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3.52
(17 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(6%)
6%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(44%)
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Review by kev rowland
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover Prog Team
4 stars It is probably fair to say that I wasn't incredibly impressed with the last album by these guys, but when I saw that the subtitle for this one is "Ramblings on Darwinistic monotheism and the history of the universe ? inspired by the works of Stephen Baxter" I was more than a little intrigued. Daymoon realistically are less a band and more a project, with multi-instrumentalist Fred Lessing very much to the fore, and there are a few songs where it is just him and one other, although there are also plenty where there many contributors. Musically and stylistically this is incredibly varied and complex, and it is no wonder that on the rear of the digipak are the words "Thank you for supporting non commercial music!" One of the reasons for the album being so varied, is that Fred actually started work on this back in 2000 and it wasn't completed until 2012, so it has been a very long road to get to this point.

Musically this seems to take its' influences from just about everywhere, mixing Western and Eastern, rock and jazz, electric rock instrumentation with woodwind, and then putting it together in a way that should never make sense, but somehow does. It is an album that does take a lot of work to really get into just because there is so much going on, and it keeps splitting into new areas and tangents, and can be incredibly complex (or gentle and simple with just acoustic guitar and mellotron).

Lyrically this is also complicated, bringing up lots of ideas and concepts, but contained in the booklet are the lyrics (and the all important details of who played what), there are also detailed reasonings behind each song and what Fred is trying to convey. The result is something where the listener gets the most of the experience by going through the booklet whilst playing the album, and concentrating on both. This should never be background music, one just won't get the most out of it.

This is progressive music that really is refusing to see any barriers, and the album is one of the most diverse I have come across. www.daymoon-music.com

Review by Windhawk
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Portuguese project DAYMOON is the creative vehicle of composer and musician Fred Lessing. He started recording material under this moniker in the late 90's, and between 1998 and 2002 three albums were recorded, but never officially released. The first official production courtesy of Daymoon was the CD "All Tomorrows", while "Fabric of Space Divine" is the second album to be officially released under this name. Both of them are released through the Russian label MALS Records.

"Fabric of Space Divine" is a production that should cater quite nicely to those who enjoy and prefer music with a distinct variety throughout. This is a disc that you will have to spend a fair deal of time with to decode and get familiar with; those who desire to buy an album with a desire to like it or not on an initial listen should most likely shy away from this one. A taste for symphonic progressive rock and world music inspired excursions are both probably needed to be able to truly fall in love with this CD, and a taste for late 70's Pink Floyd will probably be an advantage too.

Review by ProgShine
COLLABORATOR Errors & Omissions Team
4 stars Last week I reviewed the first proper album by Daymoon, All Tomorrows (2011) (read it here: progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=1057553), and I found the band quite interesting, but the album was lacking some unity. So it's high time to review their most recent album Fabric Of Space Divine (2013).

Fabric Of Space Divine (2013) is a concept and intricate album about Evolution, the Space evolution, and consequently human evolution. The album, was released by the Russian label MALS earlier this year, but had been written and recorded since 2000.

Fabric Of Space Divine (2013) is divided into 3 parts and 16 tracks. The album begins with the first part called 'Complexity' that's divided into 3 songs: 'Singularity To Sol', 'Seed Of Complexity' and 'Evolution'. This beginning is the base of the album and explains how the Universe began and evolved in its prime days.

Once again Daymoon has a great booklet with thousands of information that enables you to follow the songs and every step of the story.

The second part 'Explanations' comes with the challenge of elaborating on the human being evolution and its beliefs (especially religions). This second part is divided into 5 more tracks: 'Beyond Nature', 'Beyond Trinity', 'Anthropocentrics', 'Beyond Multiplicity' and 'Beyond Good And Evil'.

Fabric Of Space Divine (2013) took 12 years to be finished and what should be impossible was achieved, the album has unity! Their previous album All Tomorrows (2011) looked a bit as a patchwork, Fabric Of Space Divine (2013) is more concise and complete.

The third and last part is called 'Expansion' and it includes 8 tracks: 'Middle', 'Ice Prospector', 'Digital', 'Beyond', 'Grasping The Fabric', 'Twisting The Fabric', 'Beyond Zero Kelvin' and 'One'. In this last bit of the album the science fiction begins. As Fred Lessing said himself in the booklet: "much of it, if not all, will prove to be humbug eventually". Or not!

In terms of concept Fabric Of Space Divine (2013) is one of the most interesting albums I've seen in years. It's complex, structured, full of good ideas and well written. When it comes to the music the album has everything you could imagine. From acoustic ballads to Gentle Giant influence, passing through Arab music and a bit of electronic too. But because the album was recorded through a spam of long 12 years you can obviously spot some 'older sounds' in some songs, but that doesn't make the album go down, not a single bit.

Fred Lessing was able to conceive one of the most interesting and complex albums of the year. And he's also becoming one of the more interesting musicians on the Prog scene.

Sit back, headphones on, booklet in your hands and just embark on this great adventure through time and space, literally, with Daymoon!

(Originally posted on progshine.net)

Review by memowakeman
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Review originally posted at www.therocktologist.com

A very good album by this Portuguese project!

After having enjoyed their "All Tomorrows" album a couple of years ago, Daymoon, led by Fred Lessing appeared once again on my listening charts with their enigmatic "Fabric of Space Divine", a challenging album that can fill any prog-head ears with great and diverse music. This album, released in the first half of this year is a great salad of rhythms, sounds and textures, all made by a vast quantity of musicians invited to this project. So if you want something fresh and varied, take one hour of your time and enjoy the 16 episodes this album offers.

Since the very first track we can hear a lot of sounds and instruments, "Singularity to Sol" is a cool introduction that contains elements that would make one think this band is very eclectic, and they are, the variety of sounds and rhythms speak alone. Immediately after the introduction comes the longest track of the album, "Seed of Complexity" showing that Daymoon are really a band to have on the radar, because of the quality of composition and their great execution. I love the changes in this song and in the album overall, one don't see the change coming and they all of a sudden surprise us. I love the work of keyboards and flute, and of course guitar. Great progressive rock, not strictly in the classic vein, just for your information.

"Evolution" is the first o various short instrumental interludes, that work as transition of the music, and of the story, because your imagination works while listening to it, one can see things and create our own history. I love the intensity of this track and how it vanishes just to open the gates to "Beyond Nature", which softly starts with keyboards that produce spacey atmospheres, later they use like mid-east sounds and add vocals that together produce in moments a tense ambient. "Beyond Trinity" has highs and lows, because I love its soft beginning with flute, but later when acoustic guitar, vocals and piano enter, the song becomes pretty catchy and a bit emotional, with a calm sound that does not really attract me. Not that bad, but I would skip this in spite of the nice lyrics and its great ending.

"Anthropocentrics" has a 360° spin, the music is completely different here, and I love it. I love the delicious saxophone that leads this instrumental piece, but also the work of constant drums and bass lines. But well, with Beyond Multiplicity the music changes drastically once again, which is one of the charms of this album. The music is a bit scary, again with some oriental touches that will put you on the Mid-East map. "Beyond Good and Evil" has some winds playing while a voice is speaking farther; after 30 seconds acoustic guitar starts playing and creates some enjoyable and repetitive notes that later are accompanied by bass and drums, something ala Gentle Giant. Later the song simply flows and offers and exquisite variety of sounds that to be honest, I lost the first time I listened to it, I mean, I thought it didn't lead anywhere, but I was wrong.

"Penetrate" has again a kind of catchy sound, I think I am not the most eager fan of the vocals provided here, they are nice and delicate, but after all I just prefer the instrumental passages. "Ice Prospector" has a nice blend of rock and roll and latinamerican music, the combination is nice and reminds me of several 70s acts. The song itself is not my favorite at all, but what I love from the album is that Daymoon took risks and offer diverse rhytms and styles. In "Digital" the music fades while some crickets sing in the back; later a change comes and fore and backing vocals appear and let us know that they are human, but digital.

One of my favorite tracks is "Beyond", I love its sweetness and the peace it transmits; this is an electronic-oriented track, but I love the textures and nuances created by synths. "Grasping the Fabric" offer again a salad of sounds and mood changes in spite of its short length. "Twisting the Fabric" has a darker sound, more chaotic and interesting. The sax is present here once again, adding that special touch, while drums work perfectly with its rhythms, creating both a cool harmony. "Beyond Zero Kelvin" announces the end of the journey, while the chaotic "One" finishes.

This is a very good album, I love its complexity and how they dare to create such a piece like this, however, as much as I've tried, it is far from being one of my favorite albums, actually I hardly remember two or three tracks here, I mean, despite it is great, it lacks connection with me, so I cannot say I love it. My final grade will be 3 stars.

Enjoy it!

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