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Deastro Moondagger

  • Words: Lulu McAllister
  • Label: Ghostly International
  • XLR8R Rating: 8.5/10

Moondagger finds wide-eyed Detroit young’un Randolph Chabot crafting an electro-pop debut that oozes romanticism from some distant galaxy. The record swathes catchy new-wave melodies in dreamy layers of fuzzy guitars and synths with a dash of dazed, Panda Bear-style surf rock and John Maus-ian experimentalism. Opener "Biophelia" is a driving ballad, sprinkled with starry synths and distant, reverberated vocals, while the tonally quirky "Pyramid Builders" is a baroque instrumental with softened harpsichord and churning percussion. Meanwhile, the World’s Longest Song Name award goes to Moondagger’s centerpiece track, "Daniel Johnston Was Stabbed in the Heart With the Moondagger by the King of Darkness and His Ghost Is Writing This Song as a Warning to All of Us."

1 comments Moondagger

Luke (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 06/02/2009 - 10:26

I really enjoyed this album and wholeheartedly agree with your review. I love the appproach Chabot and his band -employs in creating songs which is seemingly unrestrained and almost child- like. Usually ignoring 'thematic' conventions leads to an album riddled with flaws and lacking direction, the Micachu & the Shapes being a recent key example. Deastro manages to be sonic, yet melodic and listenable. A triumph in modern music. Oh and curiosity got the better of me - you're pretty hot.......

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