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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!

memowakeman | 3/5 |


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