Album Remarks & Appraisals:
When Randolph Chabot, the 22-year-old auteur behind Deastro, is asked about the title of his new album, he recounts a dream about a prince, a kingdom, an evil King of Darkness, and a search for the mythical "Moondagger," the bearer of which wields ultimate power. Moondagger expands upon the positive electro-pop of Keepers-Deastro's home-recorded opus from 2008-with the addition of a full band. Thankfully, the mercurial, prolific Chabot still seems blissfully unaware of his music's genreless-ness. Thick, atmospheric production obscures bright, starry-eyed melodies; ecstatic synth squiggles dance around new-wave beats on songs about Nordics, toxic crusaders, and geometric shapes; arrangement ideas bounce off one another within ambitious song structures that swerve left, then right, then left again.
Pitchfork (Website) - "It's less than a minute into the first song, 'Biophelia', that MOONDAGGER reaches a dramatic crest, with a crash of drums and an explosion of guitar that play like parts of an imagined anthem."
Following the surprise success of his exclusive for eMusic demo compilation KEEPERS (2008), Randolph Chabot has assembled a full band lineup for MOONDAGGER, the laptop-troubadour's second full-length as Deastro. Leaving behind the rough-around-the-edges DIY edge of his bedroom demo recordings for the more polished, slick indietronica of groups like M83 and Mobius Band, the album features a dreamy rush of ensemble synths, celestial melodies, and breathless vocals delivered with childlike exuberance by Chabot on the shoegazery "Biophelia" and the plucky synth pop rave-up "Vermillion Plaza."