Moondagger

Album Review of Moondagger by Deastro.

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Moondagger

Deastro

Moondagger by Deastro

Release Date: Jun 2, 2009
Record label: Ghostly Int'l
Genre(s): Indie, Electronic

71 Music Critic Score
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Moondagger - Very Good, Based on 3 Critics

New Musical Express (NME) - 80
Based on rating 4/5
80

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Pitchfork - 71
Based on rating 7.1/10
71

Deastro is a project led by Randolph Chabot, an ambitious young guy from Detroit for whom no mode of expression would seem to be wholly sufficient-- in terms of scalability or just sheer size. Everything he does is dramatic and huge: every synth sweep, every guitar charge, every utterance about something either big and momentous or small and more significant than most of us, simply moving through a day, might stop to notice. Chabot also has a good grasp on all the things that conspire to make up pop hooks, which helps.

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The Guardian - 60
Based on rating 3/5
60

Another day, another cosmic American with a synthesiser and a fondness for wide-eyed gazing at the stars. This time it's Randolph Chabot, a 22-year-old from Detroit, whose second album as Deastro is pitched almost exactly halfway between the synthpop of Passion Pit and the space rock of MGMT. Unlike some of the other stargazers, Chabot was drawn to music by singing in church until he was 19 rather than by dropping acid, but the e?ects seem to have been much the same: the churchiness is limited to occasional keyboard patterns, as in Rivers of Life.

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