EP REVIEW: The Daydreamers - The Daydreamers (EP)
By Cyrus Rhodes - 06/13/2012 - 01:02 PM EDT
Artist: The Daydreamers
Album: The Daydreamers (EP)
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Acoustic Folk/Rock
Sounds Like: Train, John Mayer, Jason Mraz
Technical Grade: 7/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 7/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Songs: The End, Antartica
Weakness: Short Sided Songs, Inconsistent Mix
Woodstock, NY band “The Daydreamers” releases their latest 7 song EP entitled With Your Love in 2012. The band consist of 3 core members: Aaron Mones (lead guitar), Wyatt Mones (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Ben Shrobat (Bass) Other session players include Dave Klobinski (Drums) and Tim Poll (piano).
The EP kicks off with “Antarctica” a slow moving ditty that serves up steady rock beat reminiscent of vintage Jason Mraz complete with a rockabilly type guitars, soothing melody and heart-felt vocal delivery. Track 2 “Underneath (Lucid Dreams)” is a just a breath away from being a timeless Americana groove with it’s impressive rhythm guitar ambience that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition.. Track 3 “The End” keeps things moving in the right direction with its smooth as silk groove, heart felt vocals and grand slam chorus. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of Train, Jason Mraz and John Mayer. The actual musical format is very intimate, up close: a personal snapshot of the artist. The songs themselves are very naked and personal with messages revealing the highs of life, love, passion and do I dare say life observations. Overall the catalogue is upbeat, methodical, providing a brilliant perspective on life. Besides the voice and the acoustic guitar you will also notice brief splashes of Mandolin, Piano, Organ, Percussion accents, impressive rhythm and solo guitars, well placed vocal harmonies and an impressive rhythm section. Lyrical content is extremely revealing and thought provoking. All songs cut deep to the core and its obvious Mones and company are very capable songwriters and vocalists. Wyatt’s voice makes the critical (singer to listener) connection as he showcases an impressive baritone and emotional falsetto. From striking “Melissa” to grooving Category VI” this EP has something for just about everyone. The EP ends with Track 7 “Ain’t Turning Around” the perfect finale statement for a release of this caliber.
Track 4 ”All It Is” is way to short to be considered a legitimate song. Track 6:”Melissa’” is also a bit short. The CD starts strong but loses momentum and kind of bonks around Track 4. The mix is a bit bright and all over the place lacking continuity track to track. Vocals sit really hot within the mix. Some of this may be designed to maximize Radio marketability however this approach can be a real wear on the ears over time comparabe to a commercial.
"The Daydreamers" will work best on days you want a delicate acoustic sound to fill your atmosphere. Its strong suit is it’s overall consistency, lyrical wisdom and bold straightforwardness. Make no bones about it folks; It took raw honesty to write and perform some of these songs. What I like most about The Daydreamers is there is no attempt to hide or sugar coat the truth. I really admire artists out there who are themselves and just let the chips fall where they may. Praise goes out to the artist that has the courage to show us something real and genuine beneath their veil of vanity. "The Daydreamers" are one of those artists.
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