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Dark Light Daybreak

Author: Daniel Alcinii
10/11/2006 | | | Album Review
For the most part, Andy LeMaster can do it all vocals, guitars, bass, programming, production you name it, he can probably do it flawlessly. After questioning how one man can possibly do all of this much too perfectly, the only reasonable answer that makes much sense would happen to be that LeMaster is a cyborg robot, much like Robocop, from the future who has come to save us from the garbage pop punk that more than likely fills up your radio and TV airwaves. There's no exception on this, the third Saddle Creek release, Dark Light Daybreak, by Now It's Overhead.

If we were to compare the two previously released efforts, the self-titled and Fall Back Open, Dark Light Daybreak would rank highest in energy and liveliness. This is not to say that Now It's Overhead have completely revamped their writing style, as they do still tend to evoke dreamlike soundscapes throughout the majority of Dark Light Daybreak, making you feel as if you were stranded in a vacant room, surrounded by nothing but endless white walls. Sounds boring, huh? Not when you close your eyes and the white surrounding walls become cluttered with beautiful guitars that bounce endlessly from wall to wall, accompanied by synths that soar majestically without boundary, and the eccentric, poignant vocals of LeMaster backed by the gentle swooning of Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink courtesy of Azure Ray.

"I am a skeleton on display"

After giving into a more vigorous approach while still maintaining the core sound, Dark Light Daybreak may be the album to place Now It's Overhead up there with the likes of Cursive and Bright Eyes as break through artists on the Creek.