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CHICAGO SPOTLIGHT: Petals by Daydream Review

Updated: Jul 11, 2021

Chicago psychedelic pop project Daydream Review just released his "Petals," the second single off of his self-titled debut EP. Daydream Review is Elijah Montez's project, who is an architect by day and home studio artist by night, and "Petals" shows Elijah's affinity for '60s psychedelia while also dipping into 70s disco with its rhythm and instrumentation. Elijah Montez began his psychedelic pop project Daydream Review after moving across the country from Austin to Chicago. While he cut his teeth in the live music capital of the world, he began writing his first songs as Daydream Review in anticipation of this big change. In this way, Daydream Review's songs are equally about the excitement that expectations of the future can bring as much as the anxiety or dread.

Just as Montez's lyrics walk the line between excitement and anxiety, his multi-layered songs offer moments of clarity in between his reverberated vocals, fuzzy guitars, and a wash of keyboards.The Big Takeover shared the song, writing, "The laid-back 'Petals' flows with a copacetic vibe of languid globular guitar notes, low-key bass line, brightly ticking cymbals, coolly shuffling drum beat, and Montez’s light vocals that drape over the unhurried instrumentation." The songs off of the EP sound warm and hazy, making them a good fit for summer. Ears To Feed summed it up well in their premiere of the lead single "Dazed" earlier this summer, writing, "it's an exploration of psychedelic pop grandiosity with a relaxed tone perfect for late-night summer hangouts by the pool."

RIYLT: Tame Impala, Sugar Candy Mountain, and Triptides.

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