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Daymoon: Cruz Quebrada

Wow! Another album that has completely hit me out of left field. The album is titled Cruz Quebrada by the Portuguese progressive rock band Daymoon. I first became familiar with the band after reviewing their previous effort Fabric of Space Divine.

The album is divided into two sections, the 'out' side and the 'in' side, much like the vinyl days of old. First off, this is a very emotional album as it describes the personal journey of Fred Lessing and his wife who unfortunately passed away due to colon cancer. The heartfelt emotion is palpable and these tracks take on deeper meaning because of it. After listening to this album a number of times, and believe me that is no big chore, the music has certainly resonated with me. Dense atmospherics, articulate and thoughtful guitar work, addictive lead vocals that are far from run of the mill and so many interesting twists and turns and thematic changes will keep even the most discriminating prog fan interested. The disc begins with the moody title track where quiet interludes are interrupted with intense post metal riffs. Pure chaos follows as the effects and wind instruments offer a trip into the avant-garde. The sounds are quite dissonant and abstract taking many listens to fully appreciate. On "Fish Dissected" a somber acoustic guitar, delicate and pretty, is enhanced with swells of orchestration. The flute carries the melody leading into a great groove and exceptional drum work. Elements of King Crimson and even Gentle Giant are expounded upon.

Two of my favourites are "Shipwreck" and "Whalebone", where both tunes contain atmospheric Floyd-like moments, change ups a plenty, heavy riffs and mellow acoustic guitar and strings. The talking vocals are similar in style to Roger Waters and the guitar work bears a similarity to David Gilmour at times.

Another highlight is the multipart epic "The River". Here the band display a more pastoral and folksier side and although there are fewer transitions between light and heavy it is still well worth hearing. There are some truly lovely moments here like the pure whimsy of "The Single Most Expensive Kiss In The World", the slightly dissonant guitar tones in the proggy and heavier "Headlong", the bass heavy alternative rock of "Ghost" featuring an ethereal trumpet workout and the folksy acoustic guitar goodness that is "Indian White" .

Cruz Quebrada is an excellent work of art. That should be enough incentive to garner your support but if you need a little more you should know your money will be going to a great cause, supporting a cure for colon cancer. Visit Progressive Promotion Records to learn more.

Band members:
Fred Lessing (vocals, electric, acoustic and bass guitar, flute, baroque recorder,
keyboards, percussion, angklung, African xylophone, blues harp, field
André Marques (acoustic and electronic drums, assorted percussion,
vocals, electric, acoustic and bass guitar, field recordings)
Bruno Evangelista (vocals)
Adriano Pereira (clarinet)

Track Listing:
1. Cruz Quebrada (2:28)
2. Fish Dissected (5:45)
3. Where It Hurts Most (3:38)
4. Shipwreck (8:26)
5. Whalebone (8:07)
6. Over The Cliff (1:36)
7. Thyme (15:24)
The River (25:36)
8. Mummy
9. The Single Most Expensive Kiss In The World
10. Headlong
11. I, Abraham
12. Bonne Voyage
13. Ghost
14. Severance & Down Falls
15. Indian White
16. Onward

Added: August 11th 2016
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Label's Official Site
Hits: 1770
Language: english

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