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Static Daydream at Blurt

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Static Daydream at Dragged to Hell

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Static Daydream at Between the Bars

Static Daydream are the third exceptional group to rise from the ashes of seminal Virginia shoegazers Skywave, following Oliver Ackermann’s A Place to Bury Strangers and John Fedowitz and Paul Baker’s Ceremony. Static Daydream are the brainchild of Baker and his fiancé Jamie Casey and the duo are on fire on their full-length debut, an exceptional slice of inspired noise pop, which should appeal immensely to fans of JAMC, Ride, and ‘80s post-punk.

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Static Daydream at DJ Mqt

Static Daydream – S/T (Saint Marie Records) is the master of my shoegaze universe 2015. Nothing static, but a lot of daydream here!

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Static Daydream at Whurk

Static Daydream is the latest sonic brainchild of Paul Baker, founding member of the shoegaze cult favorites Skywave and Ceremony. His girlfriend, Jamie Casey, makes up the other half of this melancholic noise-pop duo hailing from Fredericksburg. Underneath the dense layers of fuzz distortion and vocal effects, the couple stick to a refreshingly pure motive—staying true to the music that inspires them.

Paul and Jamie became romantically involved in 2012 and embarked on their musical collaborations almost immediately thereafter. “We started dating and I discovered that Jamie had a wonderful singing voice. She was kind enough to participate,” Paul recalled sincerely. That year, they began recording what would become their first EP, The Only One, a preview of things to come. This past August, in partnership with Moon Sound Records and Saint Marie Records, they released the full version, a self-titled eleven-track album that demonstrates a remarkable level of polish and conceptual focus. Although singing had always been a passion for Jamie, the recording studio was an unfamiliar environment. “It was a completely different experience to be singing with headphones,” she explained, “It was very disorienting at first.” Despite this, there is no hint of uneasiness in her vocals as they sync flawlessly with Paul’s on the punchy, soaring opener “More Than Today,” then shift hauntingly to the slightly darker “Run Into the Night.” Paul’s seasoned songwriting combines with Jamie’s fresh interpretation to create a sound that is genuine and unaffected. While the album’s musical approach isn’t a dramatic departure from the distortion-fueled darkwave jams of Paul’s past projects, the sound carries a subtle complexity that sets it apart. Each carefully placed track flows sublimely into the next, leading you on a dreamy lo-fi journey through post-punk guitar rhythms, wistful mid-tempo sequences, and moody layers of reverb haze.

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Static Daydream, Presents for Sally, Pinkshinyultrablast at The Blog That Celebrates Itself

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Presents for Sally, Static Daydream, Pinkshinyultrablast at Shoegazer Alive 9

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Static Daydream at Pequenos Classicos Perdidos

Paul Baker é um dos sujeitos que mais respeito no universo do rock. Esse respeito e uma enorme admiração vem de vários anos atrás, quando ao lado dos igualmente respeitados e admirados Oliver Ackermann e John Fedowitz fundou o Skywave, banda responsável por trazer de volta à tona, nos anos 2000, a barulheira shoegaze dos anos 80 e 90.

Com o fim do Skywave Paul seguiu ao lado de John com o Ceremony, até que em 2012 ele e sua namorada Jamie Casey decidiram fazer música juntos. Nascia assim o Static Daydream.

No ano passado lançaram seu primeiro trabalho, o EP The only one, além de participarem de compilações dos selos The Blog That Celebrates Itself e Saint Marie Records. E foi por este último que debutaram em 28 de agosto último com Static daydream, o disco. Ouça alto:

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Static Daydream at Dagger

First off, I had wondered what had happened to the shoegaze bands Skywave and Ceremony (not the Matador Records one) and well, I’ve found out. The man behind both of those bands, Paul Baker has resurfaced as Static Daydream along with his ladyfriend Jamie Casey. Oh sure, from the first few notes you can tell that they have (multiples) copies of Psychocandy in their collections as well as Isn’t Anything (some Slowdive records, too) but who cares, this 11-song/ 47-minute outing kicks from start to finish! At times there’s not much deviation in the songs, with relentless, pounding rhythms and guitars set on stun but the mix of Baker n’ Casey’s vocals add a little sweetness to the proceedings (especially Caseys’). Not sure what Baker’s lyrics are about but I’m guessing they’re pretty desperate (some song titles: “Just Stay,” “Until You’re Mine,” “When She Fails,” “I’ve Destroyed Everything”, etc.). Speaking of “Just Stay” is one of the few songs that take a reprieve from the pound with an almost dub-like synth outing, otherwise, most of this will put you in trance, like it did me, until I snapped out of it, got hungry and went to make some breakfast (pancakes, if you care). Whew.

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Static Daydream at POP! Stereo

Where Snow In Mexico fully embrace a stark minimalistic approach to writing music (see below), Static Daydream on the other hand tackle pop music with sheets and walls of distorted bliss enveloping the listener. Their latest self-titled album is an effects, pedal loving affair that brings the best elements of Chapterhouse and My Bloody Valentine and smash them together in a super-collider of distortion and post shoegazing euphoria. Static Daydream is a brilliant slab of post-shoegazing that sounds like it was produced in 1992 and left on a shelf at Creation’s office once Oasis came along.
Entrenched in everything that made the early gazing scene so great, Static Daydream have studied and mastered the manual and have taken those skills and created eleven songs as proof of their mastery. With cascading sheets of noise, drum machine beats, distortion overpowering everything and of course a detached vocal track Static Daydream is awash with enough noise, beats, and heavenly like hooks to just about reach instant classic status. This is clearly a record for anyone who admires dry ice clouds , guitar pedals and the early 4ad/Creation catalog.

With equal parts of aggression and placidity the record is a roller coaster ride of what you can do with a guitar and some nifty production. It’s a perfect record for the most part and for anyone that’s ever loved the Scene that Celebrated Itself they’ll rejoice in it’s rapturous washes, moody ethereality, and otherworldly charm. Static Daydream is a psychedelic record for the angelic set and it truly sounds as if it’s from another world. Distortion and noise shouldn’t sound this good but Static Daydream proves it’s possible that there’s beauty in losing your hearing and Static Daydream is proof positive.

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