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Led by Fred LESSING, DAYMOON started out in the early 80s as a Portuguese prog band called Dead Landscape, but the band quit after a few years of battling against the mainstream. While all other band members moved into more commercial music, Fred Lessing kept on making prog and recorded three solo albums under the moniker DAYMOON. Unfortunately, none of these albums ever reached a finished stage.

2009 finally saw a proper band emerging, and DAYMOON began performing live. In 2012, Russian label Mals released the band's first album, All Tomorrows, a collection of love songs for Fred's wife; the album was post-produced by and features Andy TILLISON of The Tangent and PO90. This will was followed by a musical history of the universe, "Fabric Of Space Divine" in 2013, and then "Cruz Quebrada" in 2016 on their new label from Germany, Progressive Promotion Records.

This latest album speaks of the dark times the band's mentor went through after his wife died of cancer in 2012, and all proceeds of the album go to pan-European cancer fighters Europacolon.

The band is currently working on the next album, with the working title "Bible of Dreams", which will be mostly if not entirely instrumental, and is making plans for a rock opera called "The Currrybears".

Discography:

All Tomorrows
Fabric of Space Divine
Cruz Quebrada

Line-up:

Fred Lessing - electric & acoustic guitar, flute & woodwinds, vocals
Bruno Evangelista - keyboards, guitar, lead vocals
Andre Marques - acoustic & electric drums, keyboards, guitars, vocals
Adriano Pereira - woodwinds & reeds, keyboards, percussion, acoustic guitar, vocals

: : : Fred Lessing, Portugal : : :

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3.45 | 30 ratings
All Tomorrows
2011
3.52 | 17 ratings
Fabric of Space Divine
2013
3.92 | 10 ratings
Cruz Quebrada
2016

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3.07 | 9 ratings
Chronicles
2002

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 Cruz Quebrada by DAYMOON album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.92 | 10 ratings

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Cruz Quebrada
Daymoon Crossover Prog

Review by DamoXt7942
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4 stars DAYMOON's creation "Cruz Quebrada" released in 2016 can be called as another treasure casket for innovative imagination. It's quite a tough work for us to classify this album into a subgenre because of a obvious musical diversity upon the sound world ... psychedelic, avantgarde, jazz rock, crossover to pop ... what a variation in Fred's inner space. Very splendid lots of heartwarming moments can be heard even whilst minor key melody lines like reminders of serious pressure are launched.

Without any suspicion I cannot help feeling this multiplicity over musical genres should be Daymoon's brilliant mindscape itself. We can hear a tragic movement at a point, a pleasant vibe at another, or something like mental anguish ... such an aggregation of crying heart can be touched via the masterpiece suite "The River" full of unsettled mind between life and death, and this phenomenon would make us consider unavoidable events of life.

Quite sensitive and fragile mind whisper can be heard amongst massively various rock elements. Wondering why it be hard to digest this album comprehensively ... guess there might be a mass of Fred's "humanity" in my humble opinion, and this might be the reason we cannot digest his melodic message easily but directly absorb it without ourselves. Fred's strong intention for "humanity" is there, not simple nor easy to understand, that would amaze us apparently. Yes apparently I love this stuff.

 Cruz Quebrada by DAYMOON album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.92 | 10 ratings

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Cruz Quebrada
Daymoon Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Portuguese project DAYMOON is the creative vehicle of composer and musician Fred Lessing. He has been creating material for well over a quarter of a century, but didn't choose to start releasing any of it until 2011. "Cruz Quebrada" is the third studio album to be issued under the Daymoon moniker, and was released through the German label Progressive Promotion Records in the spring of 2016.

Daymoon's third studio album "Cruz Quebrada" comes across as an emotionally laden production, at times harrowingly so, to the extent that the raw undercurrents of emotion manages to overcome slightly weaker aspects in terms of structure and cohesion, mix and production as well as the lead vocals. Those who tend to enjoy bands that explore similar territories to what Pink Floyd did in the mid to late 70's appear as a key audience for this album, and then especially those who enjoy folk music details, a select few pastoral sequences and occasional chaotic, dramatic instrument effects, used to expand these boundaries.

 Fabric of Space Divine by DAYMOON album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.52 | 17 ratings

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Fabric of Space Divine
Daymoon Crossover Prog

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Review originally posted at www.therocktologist.com

A very good album by this Portuguese project!

After having enjoyed their "All Tomorrows" album a couple of years ago, Daymoon, led by Fred Lessing appeared once again on my listening charts with their enigmatic "Fabric of Space Divine", a challenging album that can fill any prog-head ears with great and diverse music. This album, released in the first half of this year is a great salad of rhythms, sounds and textures, all made by a vast quantity of musicians invited to this project. So if you want something fresh and varied, take one hour of your time and enjoy the 16 episodes this album offers.

Since the very first track we can hear a lot of sounds and instruments, "Singularity to Sol" is a cool introduction that contains elements that would make one think this band is very eclectic, and they are, the variety of sounds and rhythms speak alone. Immediately after the introduction comes the longest track of the album, "Seed of Complexity" showing that Daymoon are really a band to have on the radar, because of the quality of composition and their great execution. I love the changes in this song and in the album overall, one don't see the change coming and they all of a sudden surprise us. I love the work of keyboards and flute, and of course guitar. Great progressive rock, not strictly in the classic vein, just for your information.

"Evolution" is the first o various short instrumental interludes, that work as transition of the music, and of the story, because your imagination works while listening to it, one can see things and create our own history. I love the intensity of this track and how it vanishes just to open the gates to "Beyond Nature", which softly starts with keyboards that produce spacey atmospheres, later they use like mid-east sounds and add vocals that together produce in moments a tense ambient. "Beyond Trinity" has highs and lows, because I love its soft beginning with flute, but later when acoustic guitar, vocals and piano enter, the song becomes pretty catchy and a bit emotional, with a calm sound that does not really attract me. Not that bad, but I would skip this in spite of the nice lyrics and its great ending.

"Anthropocentrics" has a 360° spin, the music is completely different here, and I love it. I love the delicious saxophone that leads this instrumental piece, but also the work of constant drums and bass lines. But well, with Beyond Multiplicity the music changes drastically once again, which is one of the charms of this album. The music is a bit scary, again with some oriental touches that will put you on the Mid-East map. "Beyond Good and Evil" has some winds playing while a voice is speaking farther; after 30 seconds acoustic guitar starts playing and creates some enjoyable and repetitive notes that later are accompanied by bass and drums, something ala Gentle Giant. Later the song simply flows and offers and exquisite variety of sounds that to be honest, I lost the first time I listened to it, I mean, I thought it didn't lead anywhere, but I was wrong.

"Penetrate" has again a kind of catchy sound, I think I am not the most eager fan of the vocals provided here, they are nice and delicate, but after all I just prefer the instrumental passages. "Ice Prospector" has a nice blend of rock and roll and latinamerican music, the combination is nice and reminds me of several 70s acts. The song itself is not my favorite at all, but what I love from the album is that Daymoon took risks and offer diverse rhytms and styles. In "Digital" the music fades while some crickets sing in the back; later a change comes and fore and backing vocals appear and let us know that they are human, but digital.

One of my favorite tracks is "Beyond", I love its sweetness and the peace it transmits; this is an electronic-oriented track, but I love the textures and nuances created by synths. "Grasping the Fabric" offer again a salad of sounds and mood changes in spite of its short length. "Twisting the Fabric" has a darker sound, more chaotic and interesting. The sax is present here once again, adding that special touch, while drums work perfectly with its rhythms, creating both a cool harmony. "Beyond Zero Kelvin" announces the end of the journey, while the chaotic "One" finishes.

This is a very good album, I love its complexity and how they dare to create such a piece like this, however, as much as I've tried, it is far from being one of my favorite albums, actually I hardly remember two or three tracks here, I mean, despite it is great, it lacks connection with me, so I cannot say I love it. My final grade will be 3 stars.

Enjoy it!

 Fabric of Space Divine by DAYMOON album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.52 | 17 ratings

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Fabric of Space Divine
Daymoon Crossover Prog

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

4 stars Last week I reviewed the first proper album by Daymoon, All Tomorrows (2011) (read it here: progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=1057553), and I found the band quite interesting, but the album was lacking some unity. So it's high time to review their most recent album Fabric Of Space Divine (2013).

Fabric Of Space Divine (2013) is a concept and intricate album about Evolution, the Space evolution, and consequently human evolution. The album, was released by the Russian label MALS earlier this year, but had been written and recorded since 2000.

Fabric Of Space Divine (2013) is divided into 3 parts and 16 tracks. The album begins with the first part called 'Complexity' that's divided into 3 songs: 'Singularity To Sol', 'Seed Of Complexity' and 'Evolution'. This beginning is the base of the album and explains how the Universe began and evolved in its prime days.

Once again Daymoon has a great booklet with thousands of information that enables you to follow the songs and every step of the story.

The second part 'Explanations' comes with the challenge of elaborating on the human being evolution and its beliefs (especially religions). This second part is divided into 5 more tracks: 'Beyond Nature', 'Beyond Trinity', 'Anthropocentrics', 'Beyond Multiplicity' and 'Beyond Good And Evil'.

Fabric Of Space Divine (2013) took 12 years to be finished and what should be impossible was achieved, the album has unity! Their previous album All Tomorrows (2011) looked a bit as a patchwork, Fabric Of Space Divine (2013) is more concise and complete.

The third and last part is called 'Expansion' and it includes 8 tracks: 'Middle', 'Ice Prospector', 'Digital', 'Beyond', 'Grasping The Fabric', 'Twisting The Fabric', 'Beyond Zero Kelvin' and 'One'. In this last bit of the album the science fiction begins. As Fred Lessing said himself in the booklet: "much of it, if not all, will prove to be humbug eventually". Or not!

In terms of concept Fabric Of Space Divine (2013) is one of the most interesting albums I've seen in years. It's complex, structured, full of good ideas and well written. When it comes to the music the album has everything you could imagine. From acoustic ballads to Gentle Giant influence, passing through Arab music and a bit of electronic too. But because the album was recorded through a spam of long 12 years you can obviously spot some 'older sounds' in some songs, but that doesn't make the album go down, not a single bit.

Fred Lessing was able to conceive one of the most interesting and complex albums of the year. And he's also becoming one of the more interesting musicians on the Prog scene.

Sit back, headphones on, booklet in your hands and just embark on this great adventure through time and space, literally, with Daymoon!

(Originally posted on progshine.net)

 All Tomorrows by DAYMOON album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.45 | 30 ratings

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All Tomorrows
Daymoon Crossover Prog

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

3 stars 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!

3.5 stars if I could.

(Originally posted on progshine.net)

 Fabric of Space Divine by DAYMOON album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.52 | 17 ratings

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Fabric of Space Divine
Daymoon Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Portuguese project DAYMOON is the creative vehicle of composer and musician Fred Lessing. He started recording material under this moniker in the late 90's, and between 1998 and 2002 three albums were recorded, but never officially released. The first official production courtesy of Daymoon was the CD "All Tomorrows", while "Fabric of Space Divine" is the second album to be officially released under this name. Both of them are released through the Russian label MALS Records.

"Fabric of Space Divine" is a production that should cater quite nicely to those who enjoy and prefer music with a distinct variety throughout. This is a disc that you will have to spend a fair deal of time with to decode and get familiar with; those who desire to buy an album with a desire to like it or not on an initial listen should most likely shy away from this one. A taste for symphonic progressive rock and world music inspired excursions are both probably needed to be able to truly fall in love with this CD, and a taste for late 70's Pink Floyd will probably be an advantage too.

 Fabric of Space Divine by DAYMOON album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.52 | 17 ratings

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Fabric of Space Divine
Daymoon Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars It is probably fair to say that I wasn't incredibly impressed with the last album by these guys, but when I saw that the subtitle for this one is "Ramblings on Darwinistic monotheism and the history of the universe ? inspired by the works of Stephen Baxter" I was more than a little intrigued. Daymoon realistically are less a band and more a project, with multi-instrumentalist Fred Lessing very much to the fore, and there are a few songs where it is just him and one other, although there are also plenty where there many contributors. Musically and stylistically this is incredibly varied and complex, and it is no wonder that on the rear of the digipak are the words "Thank you for supporting non commercial music!" One of the reasons for the album being so varied, is that Fred actually started work on this back in 2000 and it wasn't completed until 2012, so it has been a very long road to get to this point.

Musically this seems to take its' influences from just about everywhere, mixing Western and Eastern, rock and jazz, electric rock instrumentation with woodwind, and then putting it together in a way that should never make sense, but somehow does. It is an album that does take a lot of work to really get into just because there is so much going on, and it keeps splitting into new areas and tangents, and can be incredibly complex (or gentle and simple with just acoustic guitar and mellotron).

Lyrically this is also complicated, bringing up lots of ideas and concepts, but contained in the booklet are the lyrics (and the all important details of who played what), there are also detailed reasonings behind each song and what Fred is trying to convey. The result is something where the listener gets the most of the experience by going through the booklet whilst playing the album, and concentrating on both. This should never be background music, one just won't get the most out of it.

This is progressive music that really is refusing to see any barriers, and the album is one of the most diverse I have come across. www.daymoon-music.com

 Chronicles by DAYMOON album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2002
3.07 | 9 ratings

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Chronicles
Daymoon Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Portuguese act from Sintra, found in 1984 as a Symphonic Rock band, led by multi-instrumentalist Fred Lessing.As Progressive Rock reached a deadend at the time, almost all band members took their way into more commercial realms, while Lessing kept writing his beloved style.At the end of the 90's he produced two solo albums, ''Tales from earth'' (1998) and ''Orion'' (2000), with little contribution by a couple of guest musicians.In 2002 he released another self-produced album ,''Chronicles'', which lyrially was pretty much Lessing's autobiographical story.He receives help from a few friens on vocals, guitar and piano, the rest of the instruments as well as all lyrics were written by Lessing himself.

A poor man's PHIDEAUX?Maybe this is a good description for Fred Lessing's music with ''Chronicles'' being split in 21 short tracks, making up for a long musical journey in the life of this unknown artist.Vocally Lessing has made a very good work.All lyrical parts are nicely balanced between atmospheric narrations, dreamy female vocals as well as sensitive male ones, thus keeping a good balance in the section.Regarding his music, Lessing draws inspiration from both old-fashioned and modern Progressive Rock with notable PINK FLOYD, CAMEL and YES influences in his music, which sounds as a cross between PHIDEAUX, GUY MANNING and STEVE UNRUH.The album contains lots of warm acoustic parts mixed with background synths and expressive vocals in a Songwriter style, but these are followed by great electric textures with a bit of a ROINE STOLT guitar stylings, some more grandiose keyboard themes and generally a more rich musicianship.The storyteling lines also remind of MARILLION's ''Brave'', however this is mostly an amateur recording with its goods and bads, such as the mass of sampled instruments or the somewhat flat orchestral parts.

For a one man effort ''Chronicles'' qualifies as a quite good album.Symphonic, psychedelic and folky references are all over the place in an album highlighted by some very good guitar work.Recommended.

 All Tomorrows by DAYMOON album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.45 | 30 ratings

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All Tomorrows
Daymoon Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Although this is a debut album, the roots of the band actually go back a long way and this could easily have ended up being classified as a solo album from Fred Lessing (guitars, flute, recorders, keyboard, vocals, and ethnic percussion). He has been joined on this by André Marques (acoustic and electric drums, and incidental vocals), Adriano Dias Pereira (clarinet, flute, melodica, keyboard, sax, percussion, and vocals), Paulo Catroga, (keyboards and vocals), Nino Mar (bass guitar), Joana Lessing (keyboard, percussion, and vocals, Rodrigo Caser (electric guitar), Mark Guertin (bass guitar) and Davis Raborn (drums). Although there are a lot of musicians, and I did read somewhere that they added their parts and sent them back to Fred to weave into the musical whole as opposed to recording together, the feeling is that of a group as opposed to a project.

Musically this is heavily rooted in the Seventies, with large elements of classic Genesis and Gryphon, but it is somewhat let down by the vocals. They are somewhat of an acquired taste and that combined with the very regressive prog sound results in an album that shows promise but ultimately doesn't really deliver. Much has been made in some quarters about the fact that this band is from Portugal which isn't normally thought of as a prog hotbed, but personally it doesn't matter so much to me as to where a band are from as it does to how they sound. This isn't a bad album, but having written about it I somehow can't see myself playing it again.

 All Tomorrows by DAYMOON album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.45 | 30 ratings

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All Tomorrows
Daymoon Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars DAYMOON is the creative vehicle of Portuguese composer and instrumentalist Fred Lessing, a solo project he's had on the side for some time, although never officially releasing any of the albums he's made over the years. This changed with "All Tomorrows", however, a production several years in the making where many of Fred's musical friends lent a helping hand in the recording, mix and production department. The album was initially released digitally on the bandcamp website in 2011, and the CD edition came courtesy of the Russian label MALS Records towards the end of the year.

"All Tomorrows" is a pleasant and promising debut from Fred Lessing's Daymoon project. With a fair amount of stylistic diversity throughout, especially the inclusion of folk music elements, but with an overall sound that should appeal to fans of late 70's Pink Floyd more than anything. The lead vocals will make this disc something of a hit and miss affair to some, and as such those who find this part of a CD to be vitally important might want to approach this one with a bit of caution.

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