Photo: Zuleyma Prado
Canadian trio daysormay have dropped a varied collection of tracks with the release of their debut album, Just Existing. Displaying their captivating sound that balances rich diversity and sonic consistency, this album is quite the engulfing experience. The trio, comprised of lead singer Aidan Andrews and twin brothers and rhythm section Carson and Nolan Bassett, are paving a defined path in the alternative world, hitting on sonic auras similar to the likes of Twenty One Pilots, Phoenix, and Glass Animals.
After dropping the Tessa Violet-assisted "Role Model," "Running," "Hold My Tongue," "Everything Is Changing," "The Trend," "Ego," and the title track "Just Existing," the album has some hidden treasures and twist and turns to show us daysormay's chameleon, color-changing ability. The album is a catalog of snapshots over the last few turbulent years for daysormay, touching on all of their experiences, delivered with no veil, raw and magically intellectual in its lyrical, textual format.
Let's talk about "25." The second track on the album, a true sonic gem, both catchy and complex in a lyrical storytelling manner. This drum-heavy track runs along with metallic melodies, prowling electronic bass, and distinct head-bopping rhythms and blunt, sheer lyrics from Andrews. He chants, "It just feels like if I don't succeed by 25, somebody’s gonna come and end my life."
Then there is "Satellite," described by Andrews as his favorite track off the album, the single comes in with a warm acoustic guitar entrance and falling melodies. The single is melancholic but insanely euphoric, with a sense of deep emotion and passion flooding the narrative and vocals. Moving into crunchy guitars and high octave harmonies, "Satellite" is a surprise laden in punky-alt-indie goodness. The drums throughout the album pack plenty of energy and punch to the singles, ensuring even the most chilled songs still carry the signature daysormay grit.
Overall, this is a meticulously pieced together body of work. The sincerity and polish on their debut album, Just Existing draws on deep, painful subjects and releases them through grit, synths, electro pumps, and tight drums, resulting in the ultimate first step forward.
Listen to Just Existing below: