→ 11 Dec 13 at 12 am
EP1: The basement tapes.
“There is a realm where beauty, magic, sedation and elation exist in a constant stream. There is a plain where sonic waves create a vast wonderland for subconscious wanderers to explore, create, and radiate. We all know. We all go there in the meanderings of our minds, from day to day, minute to minute, filling in the gaps of what it is we consider reality to be. Yet, it is in these undefined spaces where we are truly formed, where our selves are given room to breathe. It was in the early morning hours of a soft Portland autumn in 2012 when four such fellows began building an audible vehicle to transport subconscious wanderers between these plains. A vehicle deemed Daydream Machine.
In the quiet dark basement of iconic drone-rocker Jason Adams from The Upsidedown wonder coalesced into form. Jonathan Allen, a founding member of The Upsidedown, had been living in Philly for the past eight years, working on his project Music For Headphones, and had just returned. At the same time, Matthew Bernard Strange from Portland’s prized group Hawkeye, and Josh Kalberg of the folk-gaze duo Whole Wide World, had been casually getting together with possible ideas brewing. Yet, it was there, in the hushed spaces of Jason’s basement where the four convened for the first time, in a trance-like state, releasing the confines of objective reality by the strike of a fuzzed out guitar chord. It wasn’t long until Charlotte Engler, also of Whole Wide World and chorister for Portland’s Trinity Episcopal choir lent her angelic voice to provide the soaring swoons rounding out the dynamic soundscapes which Daydream Machine creates.
Newly signed to Picture In Your Ear music, Daydream Machine has been piercing the Northwest scene with a slow-burn intensity playing with such acts as The Purrs, 1776, Souvenir Driver, Miracle Falls, and Kingdom of the Holy Sun. Some of their early demo basement tracks can be found on samplers “The Psychic Underground – Vol. 5”, and “The Active Listener – Record Store Day 2013”, and has received play on podcasts such as Anton Newcombe’s Dead TV, “Sideways Through Sound” out of Sydney, Australia, KZME in Portland, and “When the Sun Hits” on Strangeways Radio. With this momentum carrying them into their first full length album, Daydream Machine is establishing it’s presence as a tool of locomotive escape into the realm ethereal.” from the DAYDREAM MACHINE’s Facebook