The writers and producers of dark electronica music known as Daystar have released their debut single, “Thrasher.” The track is the first official selection to be made available from their upcoming album, “Rise,” which is expected to appear sometime in 2015. A second single, “Daylight,” is also scheduled for release soon. Shadowy, pulsing and otherworldly, Daystar’s “Thrasher” is a vibrant new take on the goth and industrial sound which ruled the underground dance culture at the turn of the millennium.
Asked to cite some main artistic influences, Daystar name only the Prodigy, whose popular “Firestarter” single represents only the tip of an iceberg six-albums deep. Fans of the seminal UK group will be enthusiastic on hearing Daystar’s “Thrasher,” which belongs to the same category of music but brings modern nuances to the old sound. This new, highly polished electronica style keeps its best qualities while eschewing those attributes which kept industrial music out of the mainstream for more than a decade.
A leading example of the Daystar sound, “Thrasher” has a deep groove which makes it perfect for dance clubs and parties, but also a grim chord progression and arresting sonic texture which will appeal to music aficionados listening on headphones or in their cars. Far more intriguing than EDM and having lyrical hooks and narratives not often heard in pop or dance music, “Thrasher” is a track which music fans of many genres will appreciate.
Daystar’s characteristic sound is a blend of haunting vocal work by members Ghost and Ms. Day (who does not sing on “Thrasher” but who regularly lends her voice) and instrumental work by bassist and guitarist Lefty. This mix of digital accompaniment and live sounds makes for a strong balance with a remarkably high emotional impact, one which the “Thrasher” single suggests will be thoroughly explored on their upcoming 2015 record.
Several music videos are in production to herald the release of their “Rise” album, one of which will accompany the release of “Thrasher.” Starring in the “Thrasher” video is Europe’s strongest man, Thor Juliusson, whom many will recognize as Mountain from the popular “Game of Thrones” television series. Daystar’s second single, “Daylight,” will also feature an official video, and the band have intimated that a steady flow of such visuals will be forthcoming, making their music not only a sonic adventure but also a cinematic experience.
Visual art has been a mainstay for the group since their inception in Iceland. Each member wears a mask sculpted specifically for each face which fully transforms the musician. Perhaps most remarkable is that of Lefty, whose green, electro-luminscent mask detects frequency range and thrums in cadence with the music.
Daystar’s official bio describes their sonic aim as, “pursuing a rather unique style of music – melodic, aggressive, beautiful and mysterious.”
“Thrasher” by Daystar is available online worldwide. Get in early, fans of electronica and industrial music. Very early.
Be sure also to watch for the releases of “Daylight” and the “Rise” album, as well as their official music videos which will be made available on their website and YouTube channel.
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