Midday Veil – This Wilderness

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records
Distributor/label URL: http://beyondbeyondisbeyond.com/
Released: 2015
Buy Album [URL]: https://beyondbeyondisbeyondrecords.bandcamp.com/album/this-wilderness
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/middayveil?fref=ts

MiddayVeilBand line-up:

Emily Pothast – Vocals
David Golightly – Synths
Timm Mason – Guitar, Bass
Jayson Kochan – Guitar
Sam Yoder – Drums

Tracklisting:

1. Babel
2. Cages
3. Empire is no More
4. The Water
5. Circle
6. I am the War
7. Universes

 

Review


Let me ask you something: do you like science fiction? And do you like Synthpop and 80s New Wave music?
If you answered ‘yes’ to either of those questions, then you are looking at the best record just for you – all the way from Seattle, the home of grunge.

But there’s nothing grungy about Midday Veil and their third studio release THIS WILDERNESS, which will warm the heart of anyone who knows who Brian Eno is and has ever wondered what bands like Flock of Seagulls or Tear for Fears would have sounded like had they survived into the 90s and embraced the electronic music of that beloved generation.

Opening track Babel, immediately has you hooked. Any sci-fi buffs like me would know about Babel-17 and have their curiosity pricked by the programming and electrics that have lashings of Jean Michel Jarre and even Kraftwerk. If you want a song that has you thinking of starships on the first play through, this is for you.

Then we take on ‘Cages’ which reminded me of the Neu Deutch Welle hero Peter Schilling and his tributes to Ziggy Stardust and Major Tom. There is more than enough elements of good 70s and 80s glam and electro to have you feeling like you’re in zero gravity getting motion sickness in a style similar to Dave at the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey. ‘Empire is no More’ had me thinking of Return of the Jedi too, the presentation is quite provocative with percussion sounding close to Skinny Puppy and Combichrist. Imagine a musical symphony chronicling the acts of an evil space empire enslaving a new world with all the awesome firepower you could muster with the likes of the super star destroyer.

With ‘Circle’ and ‘I Am The War’, I was led to believe these songs were exploring the wonders and mysteries of space and how we humans are still hell bent on taking as much of the final frontier for our own. And the use of synthesisers and electronic drum machines did give off the idea of technology slowly becoming such an important essential to modern life that it might end up controlling us one day.

All in all, this is a record which any technology, science fiction and space and physics buff will want to hear because it takes all the right elements to remind you of the things you love and why science is so important today and why science fiction is so important to exploring what might happen in the future if we do certain things today.

I’d recommend this band to anyone who wants to know what sort of music you might hear played regularly on the USS Enterprise once we reach the days of Starfleet and the Klingons.

Review by Demitri Levantis
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