As the recording name indicates, at the most fundamental level, Teen Daze represents a youthful form of dreampop. It’s also the fascinating result of the experiences of Jamison, an American student who found his inspiration whilst studying philosophy at a remote village in the Swiss Alps; chancing upon a CS Lewis novel called ‘Out of The Silent Planet’.
Containing layered vocal effects, glistening guitars and serene synth washes, ‘Surface’ is an alternative anthem for summer. Then, after such a sugar rush of a beginning, the lighter than air ‘It Calls Me Under’ swiftly calls in the comedown. This song is the equivalent of falling in to a bed of feathers but its weightlessness becomes soporific after a few minutes.
‘The Harvest’ is one of the less complex tracks as layers are removed to reveal the delightful acoustic melody at its core. Similarly, ‘Watch Over Me’ has a strong hookline to form its backbone and is all the better for it. That just leaves ‘Malacandra’; a lovely finale which recalls a primary-coloured Boards Of Canada.
If ‘A Silent Planet’ does overplay its dreamy card too much, it would take a hard heart not to be seduced by its superficial beauty. The six songs form a real floaty experience that perfectly suit the EP format but one can’t help feeling that an album’s worth of this kind of music would benefit from more robust rhythms or some strident vocals.
Teen Daze Official Site
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