Deastro / Moondagger
Album: Moondagger   Collection:General
Artist:Deastro   Added:May 2009
Label:Ghostly International  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2009-08-09 Pull Date: 2009-10-11
Week Ending: Oct 11 Oct 4 Sep 27 Sep 20 Sep 13 Sep 6 Aug 30 Aug 23
Airplays: 3 2 3 4 1 6 2 4

Recent Airplay
1. Apr 22, 2010: Hipster Garbage
Kurgan Wave Number One
4. Oct 08, 2009: Socially Unacceptable
2. Apr 09, 2010: The Knife
Vermillion Plaza
5. Oct 07, 2009: Total Pops Madness
3. Jan 16, 2010: The Knife
6. Oct 04, 2009: Folktronic

Album Review
Adam Pearson
Reviewed 2009-07-27
Electro-gazer indie pop. This is upbeat, 8-bit, Casio’d post-OK Computer indie pop and makes me think of Passion Pit, Wolf Parade, Deerhunter, M83, New Order, and The Killers at times. Lush lush stuff. Balls to the wall production with lots of whirring and whooshing going on and electro-sequenced riffs. Oodles of computers, samplers, sequencers, and drum machines. Has that ‘indie’ sound that sounds like it’s trying to be cool and all. It’s a shiny, polished record, but I’m not sure I like that sound. Nondescript male vocals that sound a little like Yoni from Why? at times and like Durar Duran at others. All the songs sort of sound the same. This is the kind of band playing day 1 of the Treasure Island festival in October. No FCCs.

1. Arpeggiating electronics lead off, launch into Wolf Parade indie rock, loud, sweeping, epic drums, upbeat synthpop. (4:05)
2. Glistening chimes and bells around catchy riffs and big percussion. Pretty catchy pop. (2:57)
3. Handclaps, prominent hi-hat percussion, outro is pretty strong. (2:58)
*4. Dancey track with soaring choruses. Really catchy; fuzzy verses and grooving bass, electronics. (3:38)
5. More upbeat electro-synthesizer-twinkler pop rock, distorted bass guitar, snare drum is echoey. (3:54)
*6. M83’d out thick synth pads and lead synthesizers behind another dance-friendly hi-hat assault. (3:26)
7. Instrumental. Stuttering, off-time ¾ beat, twinging electronic synths, circular, ringing. (3:39)
8. Sounds a little like a Bowie song, more cascading spacey guitars, rippling pop. (3:33)
9. Instrumental. Sounds like video game music, really rhythmic interludes featuring rimshots. (1:59)
10. Bubbly synth lines with some guitar feedback and more dancey drums. Synths crunch along in the background. (3:51)
*11. Epic guitars, synths, lush dreamgaze, more poppy, repetitive vocal line, jangly, sweeping, and driving rhythm. Pretty good one. (4:17)
*12. Slow electro intro, drum machines come in and baritone, effects-laden vocals reminds me of New Order a bit. A mellower one, but this track stands out from the rest because it is not as much of a clusterfuck. (3:55)
13. Bonus track; Descending piano hook, strings on this one, stadium size stargaze rock. Pretty good. Probably better than some tracks included on the album. (3:23)
14. Bonus track; another laid-back one, with some interesting interweaving synth lines, vocals remind me of Brian Wilson a bit. (3:32)

Track Listing
1. Biophelia   8. Daniel Johnston Was Stabbed In The Heart With The Moondagger By The King Of Dark
2. Parallelogram   9. Rivers Of Life
3. Tone Adventure #3   10. Vermillion Plaza
4. Toxic Crusaders   11. Moondagger
5. Green, Grays, And Nordics   12. Kurgan Wave Number One
6. Day Of Wonder   13. The Shaded Forests (Gift Giver's Version) [Bonus Track]
7. Pyramid Builders   14. Tree Frog [Bonus Track]