They say that the best creativity often comes from the darkest places. That’s certainly been the case in the history of music. While millennium music has largely been characterised by it’s vacant pop beats the rise of Trump executive orders and looming Brexit appears to be stirring a growing collective conscience among music makers and concerned citizens alike. Step forward The Daydream Club Ambient Project // Sound Asleep and a reminder that protest doesn’t have to be ugly or loud.
The Daydream Club are a band that make a habit of re-inventing themselves. Never afraid to explore new sounds, their latest release “Ambient Project // Sound Asleep” is no exception. With this album we see the duo step away from the limitations of a traditional “band” setup and embrace the freedoms reserved for the likes of cinematic composers.
The inspiration for the project is born from the duo reflecting on world affairs, climate change, equality, human rights and asking themselves the difficult question; with the world in its current state, would I be happy to pass it on to my children?
The album features a tasteful blend of the duos multi-instrumental textures and their trademark boy/girl harmonies but not as we know them… all of the vocals have been intentionally reversed aiming to create a universal, other-worldly language without barriers or distractions.
This album symbolises a band at the height of their creative powers, and free from constraint. Last year’s Piano Project opened the door to an exciting new direction and with this album The Daydream Club prove that was merely the start of their wider musical journey.
This is a soundtrack for the zeitgeist. We live in a hyperconnected world in which disconnection and uncertainty has never been more pronounced. Set aside this backdrop of fake news and little island paranoia this album provides a reason for reflection and pause. It’s hard not to feel reenergised after listening to this album, whether it’s consumed on the go as your urban soundtrack, or the last thing you hear at night waiting for sleep, it just works.
If you think it’s all doom and gloom, think again, put the track names together and you will see a clear path to optimism.
“A Change Must Come, We Sleep But Fail To Dream, If I Could Give You The World, It Wouldn’t Be This One, I Wish To Give You More, I’m Sorry, Sincerely, There;s Hope However, If We Find A Voice, Better, Simpler, Unified, A Change May Come”
This generation is finding it’s voice.
Explore more from The Daydream Club