Daydream Utopia

9th April 2024 Comments

Daydream Utopia is an album of atmospheric downtempo electronica made to be played in two sessions on an old fashioned vinyl disc. As the title suggests it’s a soundtrack for a day dream or maybe an inner or outer space exploration. File under : electronica / beyond-balearic / IDM / downtempo / cosmic home listening   More notes on the album – messages from another point in spacetime and more questions than answers? What is Daydream Utopia? I guess it’s a vague idea of a better way of being, a feeling, a fuzzy image of an alternate reality, that is hard to describe in words, which is why it has made itself into a collection of tracks on an album, contained in a sleeve that has images and clues but no concrete answers to the question. But then, maybe there are only more questions that emerge from asking the question. The music has a warm, analogue sound that is at the same time futuristic and nostalgic. It’s made using old machines and new software; it’s mixed digitally to appear on an outdated music carrier – vinyl. There’s a clarity and purpose the music that pushes forward as well as it appears to cover its tracks, like a double snow plough in a sand storm. Is Synesthesia about the gift of seeing colours in music or a broadcast on FM radio from California in the 80s beamed back to earth from ComSat after forty years lost in orbit? If For The People was a peace march would it be fleshy humans in the streets or an imaginary demo dreamed by artificial intelligence? We do know that Tokyo Ame is a conversation between two lovers, one in Tokyo, one in the Light House studio in London where the track was made. It sounds like love can be about ordinary things like a simple conversation across time zones about rain in two cites in two different parts of the world. Is it saying love is familiarity and friendship, a connection, wherever the lovers happen to be, however disconnected they may feel in the moment? We know there are more connections to Japan on Leap Year, a song made in collaboration with jazz musician Yoshiharu Takeda. We know there is a power in the vocal performance, but can anybody decipher the meaning? Is the long, building Interstellar a journey out to the stars or a journey into your mind? Would one, with all its complexity and toil, ultimately be any different from the other? And what exactly is the Serenity Test?