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Band: Daymoon

CD Title: “Fabric of Space Divine”

Band Website: www.daymoon-music.com

Label: Independent Release

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Release Date: 2013

 

This is the 3rd CD from the Portuguese group known as Daymoon. Once again fronted by multi-instrumentalist Fred Lessing (guitars, bass, percussion, keyboards, woodwinds, reeds, vocals (15), backing vocals, angklung, baroque recorder, krummhorn, banjo, smashes bottles, flute, d'zi flute) the music is taken to a higher level through the inclusion of a long list of supporting musicians including: 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 of Flying Circus (vocals [4]), Hugo Flores of Project Creation and 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]) and Mark Guertin (bass [3,4,5,6,7,11]). It’s a large cast and quite an accomplished one too, all of which goes to make for some very accomplished music.

 

Fabric of Space Divine is inspired by the writings of Stephen Baxter and is a concept album of sorts. There are a total of sixteen tracks, some very short and others as long as five-minutes. There is only one longer song and that’s “Seed of Complexity” that runs 9:17. Like any good progressive rock concept work, the music, and much of the music here is instrumental tries to convey a sense of mood, feeling or atmosphere. Like the band’s previous work they incorporate plenty of other musical styles, some of the music has an ethnic feel, some is stylistically varied, some has a very electronic, cold feel. Many times these influences don’t cover the whole song, but rather form only a part. What this does is create a feeling of an even larger musical experience. Some of the music incorporates atonal elements or short sections of dissonance although it’s not something that overtakes the composition. At other times a track like “Ice Prospector” [3:14] with its catchy melody will remind you of the Beach Boys song “Kokomo.” In either case the music is intriguing because while it seems out of place, you know contextually it fits. Then there’s the track “Beyond” [3:40] with its calm cool and collected space-pilot voice-over while the music is very reminiscent of Mike Oldfield. Many of the tracks are sequenced together which again lends a flow and scale to the music as you are not always sure where one musical idea starts and another stops.  

 

Fabric of Space Divine like most good music takes a couple listens to fully grasp all that’s going on. It’s symphonic at times, spacey at others, melodic or dramatic at other times. It tells a story and like any good story, if you want to know how it ends you have to spend time with it. There’s some great music here well worth checking out.

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