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Midday Veil
The Current
Style: Psychedelic Prog
Release date: 9 September, 2013
Playing time: 42:37

Midday Veil. I can't think of a better name for this strange band. In all honesty, on my first listen to “The Current”, I couldn't help but think, “Is this even music?” But, on subsequent listens; I learned, I grew, and I began to appreciate the beautifully odd soundscapes that I was being presented. “The Current” is certainly a great name for this album, as it seems like a great electronic, atmospheric flow of energy through my brain.

This Seattle-based band plays a very psychedelic brand of prog rock, though I would point out that it almost borders on post-rock sometimes. The music is very texture-oriented, but there are a few prog rock songs on here that have somewhat of a "normal" structure, too. The female vocals are hauntingly beautiful, and perfectly complement the eerie atmospheres and the cosmic vibe. The music really is genius; as we hear great, melodic prog rock songs to barren, electronic soundscapes to dark post-rock tracks that progress at a snail's pace (just like they should). There's nothing technical here. There's nothing worth headbanging to, if that's your thing. However, there is plenty here for you to close your eyes, absorb the atmosphere, and just enjoy the beauty of the incredible synth and vocals. This album, then, is about subtlety and hypnosis more than technical skill. On a side note, I often get a Bladerunner vibe from this album. I think the synth may be zeroed in right on the perfect 80's sci-fi sound, which I think is just awesome.

With all of that said, however, the album is mostly instrumental. The album opens with a prog rock song, and also closes with one. The middle of the album, then, is full of texture and foundation for the final 11+ minute track. Some have called this album “scary” and “disturbing”. I can understand that, but I would rather call this album “mesmerizing” and “immersive”. Few bands can experiment with such structure and sound, and get away with it. Midday Veil does it, though.  Along the way, they envelop the listener in a flow of energy, tone, and art that doesn't quite sound like anything else out there. They also have created a great album that will only get better with each listen.

1. The Current
2. Choreia
3. Remember Child
4. Without and Within
5. Sun Stone
6. Great Cold of the Night
Label: Translinguistic Other
Distribution: Translinguistic Other
Artwork rating: 50/100
Reviewed by: Jason Spencer
Date: 2 September, 2013
Website: www.middayveil.com