Prog Sphere Promotions: Daymoon

DAYMOON arises in the early 90s as an attempt by Portugal-based, German multi-instrumentalist Fred Lessing tobring together the musical complexity of the 70s with the intimate approach of a singer-songwriter and the variety of sounds of 80s and 90s world music. After a few years as a solo studio project, the band eventually became a full-fledged studio and stage act in 2007, and comprises today Portuguese, German and Brazilian musicians. In their stage shows, the bands brings alive its concept album ALL TOMORROWS, produced by Andy Tillison (The Tangent / PO90) for a musical e lyrical journey through a highly personal vision of the various meanings of the word ‘Love’.

DAYMOON is something very special on the progressive rock scene. This band knows the meaning of the words irony, they have a sense of humour and their leader Fred Lessing certainly knows how to write good and strong lyrics. They also share several characteristics with other high quality prog bands: the Daymoon musicians can play well, the compositions are intricate, well-structured, make use of the odd time signature, feature loads of acoustic and electric instruments and – as suspected – some unusual harmonic changes. Originally, the band started out as Fred on his own with a little help from friends from near and far, but eventually a true band developed featuring some of Portugal’s finest young – and perhaps not-quite-so-young-anymore – players that enable Fred Lessing’s truly personal music to live and breathe, very much like an unexpected but very welcome hot date. (Thomas Olsson, musicologist at Lund University (Sweden))

Definitely an album that needs more than a few listens to fully sink in, and I hope that it sticks with me, as this band have talent in abundance but maybe need a little more discipline in execution. Their next album will be looked forward to with anticipation by this scribbler. (Roger Trenwith, http://astoundedbysound.blogspot.com/2011/08/daymoon-all-tomorrows.html)

With everything from flugelhorn to sax, and stylings that range the continents, All Tomorrows is a maddening, majestic album. Daymoon comprises nine self-described “regressive rockers” whose mission statement is “to delight the world with an incoherent concoction of music from across the past millennium. Mission accomplished. (Sarah Madges, http://www.muzikreviews.com/reviews.php?ID=1760)

Und so ist “All Tomorrows” ein Album geworden, das viele mögen könnten – und auch sollten. Und so sollten das Album alle kaufen, die es mögen könnten, es besteht die Chance, dass es ihnen gefallen könnte. Und wieviele Platten gibt es schon, die einem gefallen könnten… (Nick Brückner, http://babyblaue-seiten.de/album_11743.html#oben)

One of the better progressive rock releases this year. From the research, it sounds as if they are already working on the follow up, so we will soon be able to hear the new direction of the band’s sound. This album is a cool experiment with sounds which I have seldom heard from other bands this year. There is both a great abundance of innovation, which immediately draws me to their music, while at the same time; they retain the sound of the great music I remember from the past. This is not a travelling album for the car. It’s better for thinking and dreaming and especially good with headphones. Fill your head with some new innovative sounds. Daymoon’s All Tomorrows is an innovative and interesting piece of progressive music. (Mark Johnson, http://www.seaoftranquility.org/reviews.php?op=showcontent&id=11220)

Buy All Tomorrows directly from the band on: http://daymoon.bandcamp.com/

For more info check:

http://www.daymoon-music.com/
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=6656
http://promotions.prog-sphere.com/?p=84

Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.

2 Comments

  1. Josh

    September 4, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Loved the album from the beginning down to the end. Highlights: Human Again, Bell Jar, Arklow and The Sum. Greetings!
    ~ Josh

  2. Per

    September 4, 2011 at 11:09 am

    I’m surprised by the fact that Andy Tillison was involved in production of this album. Great songs we have here, my favorites would be Sorry and Arklow.

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