REVIEW: “S01E01-5” (EP) – Dayweaver

Dayweaver – “S01E01-5” (EP)

Dutch band Dayweaver release their debut EP today, bringing together all of their single releases last year together with new track, “Bloodman”. “S01E01-5” is a deeply electro infused collection that uses nostalgia and video game music for its backbone and thus creating a very retro feel to it. This is very early Depeche Mode in sound with a mid-European ‘coldness’ to it that seats it very firmly in the 1980’s. Band members Marcel Young, John “Maître” Nomski, Yari Inzaghi and Allie Osha create almost 2D songs that utilise old school methology to create new songs for a very different time.

The lead and new track, “Bloodman”, uses a simple, one line hook set against a very ‘metalic’ soundtrack that uses synths to create atmosphere and samples of video games to provide alternative vocals over the middle-eight. Very Cure c.1989 sounding. Dayweaver delve deeper into earlier 80’s sounds with “Swear”, which bases itself on very early electro-synth development. The pumping “Right On The Money” simply pulses and reverberates from beginning to end with cool vocals and vocalisations that once again uses the same hook across each chorus to get its message across. “Hurricane” uses a ‘bruising’, industrious beat at its commercial heart. Far from being a hurricane, the song is mellow and down-tempo with an icy glassness to it.

The bands final offering is the more modern “Ordinarily” which sounds like it comes from a TV ad, and could well be… “Ordinarily” is anything but ordinary and as the hook states again and again, “I don’t do this ordinarily”. Strange sounds and noises from the unknown and a synth electric guitar add a uniqueness of quality to this odyssey. Quite brilliant!

“Series 1, episode 1”, I would assume will be followed by a second series or possibly more episodes in the first. Nevertheless this is something VERY different for your tastebuds. If you like early experimental music computing or just moody, ambient sounds that transport you to another planet, then this is for you. Not to be used in the background, but to listen and savour when the moment its right and you have plenty of time to ‘travel’.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!