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LucidDreamingSkylines

K.Raydio & Psymun

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LucidDreamingSkylines
(self-released)

LucidDreamingSkylines is a carefully crafted micro-paracosm where Psymun’s liquid synths bubble and lift the warmth of K.Raydio’s vocals to new temperatures. The title, meant to evoke Much like a snow globe, just shake and one won’t have to try very hard to imagine the world Psymun has created for K.Raydio as a central image. 

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K.Raydio and Psymun recently played a few tracks in Studio K and told everyone there that they had felt this collaboration was long overdue. Psymun chuckled a little bit when he mentioned the surprise at the overwhelming support from others when he mentioned the idea off-the-cuff one evening. Having met via the internet, the two had been intrigued by each other’s work, which started the conversation that would eventually lead to this record. After no small amount of anticipation, they finally dropped the album on December 17th, 2013, and proved it was worth the wait.

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Photo by Anthony Gilbert

From start to finish the album runs like a dream, and is about as focused as anyone is in slumber. “Sognor” starts the album off with a beautiful instrumental with shoegaze thrills and K.Raydio teasing the rest of the album to come. Midway through and this record will envelop you, completely enthralling you with the sonic beats it brings to the table. “Jupiter” and “Joyride” are some of the best pop narrative pieces to come out of the Twin Cities, and feature the tamest saxophone this writer has ever heard. There’s no shying away from politics here, either, with tracks like “Sirens” directly referencing the murder of Trayvon Martin, and examinations of racial profiling in general other places on the album.

The vinyl fuzz coats this entire recording in such a warm and reminiscent way that by time this record is done spinning it feels as fleeting as waking from a lover’s dream. When asked about the album’s title, K.Raydio & Psymun have explained that it was decided on only when recording had finished, and was meant to represent the tenuous divide between dreams and reality. That space itself is a constant home of this record’s sound, playing in and out of waking dreams to feel almost unreal at times.  Lonely city nights are best accompanied by music that allows one to escape from emptiness, and LucidDreamingSkylines just might be tonight’s St. Elmo’s Fire. 

Written by Jerod Greenisen and edited by Trevor Spriggs

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Check out Psymun at the Triple Rock January 24th

Photo by Anthony Gilbert

From start to finish the album runs like a dream, and is about as focused as anyone is in slumber. “Sognor” starts the album off with a beautiful instrumental with shoegaze thrills and K.Raydio teasing the rest of the album to come. Midway through and this record will envelop you, completely enthralling you with the sonic beats it brings to the table. “Jupiter” and “Joyride” are some of the best pop narrative pieces to come out of the Twin Cities, and feature the tamest saxophone this writer has ever heard. There’s no shying away from politics here, either, with tracks like “Sirens” directly referencing the murder of Trayvon Martin, and examinations of racial profiling in general other places on the album.

The vinyl fuzz coats this entire recording in such a warm and reminiscent way that by time this record is done spinning it feels as fleeting as waking from a lover’s dream. When asked about the album’s title, K.Raydio & Psymun have explained that it was decided on only when recording had finished, and was meant to represent the tenuous divide between dreams and reality. That space itself is a constant home of this record’s sound, playing in and out of waking dreams to feel almost unreal at times.  Lonely city nights are best accompanied by some music that allows one to escape from emptiness, and LucidDreamingSkylines just might be tonight’s St. Elmo’s Fire.

 

Written by Jerod Greenisen and edited by Trevor Spriggs