Reviews:: Deastro the Dawntreader The Young Planets

Computer/synth jams are making quite the comeback in the Indie world. Artists like Dan Deacon and Videohippos are on everyone's lips, but a great number of talented people are living in relative obscurity. One of those artists is Randolph Chabot - aka Deastro the Dawntreader. Before we jump into the music, herohill decided that if either of us had an absolutely killer name like Randolph Chabot, we'd skip the process of coming up with a moniker and leave well enough alone. But that is neither here, nor there.

Deastro is one of Randolph's basement projects, and the sound is quite nice. Instead of a steady diet of blips and bleeps, Deastro constructs delicate melodies with the allure of 80's synth rock and appealing vocals, but mixes in the organic feel of actual instruments. The strongest track on the EP - The Green Harbor - is a perfect example. Randolph drops Gibbard-esque vocals over top of a synth-ony and some computer altered double tracked vocals (in a Softlightes fashion), but it's the drums that add structure and rhythm. The blips and affects fit into the mix, as opposed to being the foundation of it.

The EP starts with a soaring track, A Shattered Lake A Fragment. The programming on this song is solid, but it's the vocals that grab you. They continue to float and grow, surging forward in the same vain as the more melodic tracks created by the Danish band Mew. After three minutes of building crescendos, the simple acoustic riff that closes the track is a perfect come down and shows how well Randolph understands his songs. Before you get too comfortable, he jumps into a Go Finds-ish number (Darkwater Byu), made pretty with an 80's party-synth riff, but strengthened by the solid bass line foundation. As the song continues, it settles into a soothing, groove that makes you want to move around (maybe even in a slightly Ringwald influenced dance).

The fuzzed out textures of Skin Worth Living IN are yet another wrinkle and they balance the sugary sweet Postal Service moments of the track. Again, Chabot brings you to the breaking point with layers, swarms and effect before pulling the reigns tight to slow the pace. The Old And The Treacherous uses a car racing video game sound to lead into another syrupy synth line that wins you over effortlessly.

Essentially, he's created songs that could litter play-lists, mix cds, blog posts, or in an attempt to match the vibe he gives off, an old mix tape.
MP3:: The Green Harbor
MP3:: Skin Worth Living IN

web site - check back often as he's constantly giving up tracks for free.


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