Deastro – Moondagger Deastro – Moondagger



I haven’t felt like this for years. Do you remember the first time you heard The Postal Service? Well, maybe that wasn’t all that important to you at the time. Or maybe Give Up isn’t even important to you right now. For me, it brought out the kid in me when I heard it. Naive and sweet enough to evoke childish joy but ultimately about more challenging, teenage pursuits. It’s odd to feel nostalgic about an album that you’re new to. And that’s how Moondagger plays.

The album is written around epic fantasy-esque dreams about evil Kings and kingdoms, and a mythical Moondagger. Randolph Chabot, the 22-year-old musician behind Deastro, has a vivid imagination. It really shows in his music too. It’s hard to pin the music to any particular genre and that just adds to the idea of it all being a dream. There’s a hazy production that isn’t quite lo-fi; there’s a great atmospheric element in the music. It’s ethereal sounding and all I can think is that this is really what “Dream Pop” should be!

It’s all bleeps and bloops and twinkling guitars presented in the form of blissful electronic indie pop. Gorgeous synth sounds are plentiful too. I struggle to see anything genuinely mediocre or boring or even just “not so awesome” with any of the tracks on Moondagger. It’s a lovely, inoffensive, welcoming change to the oceans of upsetting, brokenhearted music circulating right now.


1. Biophelia
2. Parallelogram
3. Tone Adventure #3
4. Toxic Crusaders
5. Green, Grays And Nordics
6. Day Of Wonder
7. Pyramid Builders
8. Daniel Johnston Was Stabbed In The Heart With The Moondagger By The King of Darkness And His Ghost Is Writing This Song As A Warning To All Of Us
9. Rivers Of Life
10. Vermillion Plaza
11. Moondagger
12. Kurgan Wave Number One
13. The Shaded Forests (Gift Giver’s Version) (Bonus Track)
14. Tree Frog (Bonus Track)

Deastro - Moondagger, reviewed by Heard on 2009-07-03T10:02:39-07:00 rating 4.3 out of 5

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