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Review: Daymoon - All Tomorrows (2011)

Artist: Daymoon
Album: All Tomorrows
Year: 2011
Label: MALS

Review: Diego Camargo

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Thoughts: Daymoon is a Portuguese project led by Fred Lessing. The project started out after Fred, that played in the yearly 80’s in some Prog bands, organised a decent home studio and started to record his ideas in late 90’s and recorded 3 demos like that.
Only in 2009 Fred started to record a proper debut album for Daymoon All Tomorrows (2011) was then released as a digital download and later on it was released by the Russian label MALS in a CD form.

MALS is a label that we overlook very often. Being a Russian label and having their native country as their main focus, sometimes we don’t really get their releases, however, they have a huge catalog with many excellent albums.

All Tomorrows (2011) was co-produced , mixed and mastered by Andy Tillinson (The Tangent, PO90). He also plays on a couple of tracks on the album.

‘All Tomorrows’ is the first track and has nice vocals by Hugo Flores. In the follow up, the instrumental ‘TrancendenZ’ we have many interesting parts and twists.
But  it is the third track, ‘Human Again’ that really caught our attention with its Mike Oldfield kind of sound. I have to mention here Luís bass line, amazing bass sound on this track!
Fred Lessing sings on this particular track (as in a few others) and it’s quite a good vocal line, but what I like most is the unconventional way that the song follows.


‘Marrakech’ sounds a bit ‘demo’ for my taste and ‘Sorry’ follows the same path, but the second one has interesting passages that had the helping hand of members of the band Isildur’s Bane.
‘Bell Jar’ has a very nice beginning and great vocals by Mark Lee Fletcher, but the electronic input that Andy Tillinson gave to the song pretty much kills it for me.
‘First Rain’ has a great acoustic intro and good vocals by Hugo Flores. A very good track with a pastoral feeling.
‘Arklow’ is a smaller track (in terms of quality) in my opinion and ‘News From The Outside’ has direct influence from Pink Floyd with very good vocals, once again, by Mark Lee Fletcher.

The final track from All Tomorrows (2011) is ‘The Sum’, the longest track on the album with 13’45. Its intro is pure Gentle Giant and has a lot of influence from the Italian bands too, especially because of the saxophones .
‘The Sum’ has many different parts and it’s the certainly the best track on the album for me.

One thing I liked about All Tomorrows (2011) is the fact that every song has a small text explaining every song. I have always liked this detail on booklets of cds.

All Tomorrows (2011) is a good first album but it feels as a patchwork in many moments. Maybe the recordings, maybe the production, not really sure what’s the reason that made me feel like that with this particular album. But Daymoon has good compositions, which is the main thing in the business.
That’s why I’m eager to soon review their next album Fabric Of Space Divine (2013) that I already have here with me!

The band was included in our Podcast #24 and you can listen the track 'Twisting The Fabric' HERE.

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2 comments:

  1. Hmm! king crimson meet Jethro Tull... does work for me but I know others will love it

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  2. As usual Peter, thanks a lot for your comment and it's nice to see that you're liking our content and the music presented on Progshine :)

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