Hello all and welcome to today! Regardless of how it’s going so far (and I hope, of course, that it’s going well!), I’m sure it’s about to be improved by Daydream Three’s new single, “Exceptional Day”. I think you’ll find both its catchy chorus and grungy, driving rhythms, accompanied by a bright and clever music video, just what you needed. Plus, the even better news is that it’s the band’s first single off their upcoming album, The Lazy Revolution – due for release on October 8.
Both the video and the song are charming in the simplicity and elegance of their execution. While ‘elegant’ may not be a word that normally springs to mind in the context of noise-rock, I feel it’s only fitting here – while the song’s structure and chord progression are straightforward, Daydream Three still manage to create something memorable and cohesive. The production in particular ties everything together – all the elements sound very solid; distinct, yet still capturing a live energy. Drums, bass, guitars, and vocals all have their own spots in the sonic field, but work perfectly together, much like the images in the collage-like stop motion video.
I’ve always been a huge fan of this style of video, ever since I first saw the music video for Franz Ferdinand’s “Take Me Out” – it feels retro, and at the same time, it’s kind of unnerving, like a reminder of a threatening past. The amount of detail and creativity in the video alone is enough to inspire pure delight, with the song only accentuating that. The quirkiness of the song’s bridge, paired with its almost grungy leanings, ties everything together with ease.
Simplicity seems at the core of Daydream Three’s sound – elaborating on both the themes of “Exceptional Day” and The Lazy Revolution as a whole, main songwriter Enzo Pepi says:
‘We often look for happiness in extraordinary experiences, but actually happiness can be found in simple things: a barbecue with friends, family, colors in the sky at sunset, the earthy scent when rain falls on dry soil, etc.’
It’s very much true, and a truth that’s easy to forget in our daily trance; we’re so preoccupied with what we want, are waiting for, or can’t have – and it’s so important to step back every once in a while to appreciate the small things, what we do have, what is good. Not every day can be exceptional, and some days will just outright suck – but maybe this song will make today a little better for you.
The Lazy Revolution will be released on October 8 through Noja Recordings and Altipiani, and is available for pre-order through Daydream Three’s Bandcamp page. Also make sure you flick their Facebook page a like to stay up-to-date with their reflective and wholesome content.