Dark and Daunting is the new single by Discolor Blind’s new single ‘Poor Receipts’. More creatively contrived and delectably dissonant in such an evil and fantastic way, Discolor Blind fathom a disjointed audio wonder fit for everyone outside the box.

Discolor Blind - Long Vivid Dream (cover)
Discolor Blind – Long Vivid Dream (cover)

About Discolor Blind
Montreal’s Discolor Blind has released their debut EP ‘Long Vivid Dream’, following up their well-received singles ‘Black and Grey’ and ‘Poor Receipts’,

If a musician’s creative output is intrinsically linked to the journey that brought them to that point then it is hardly surprising that Discolor Blind offers a mercurial blend of flavors and genres. The journey taken by frontman Askhan Malayeri has taken him from his native Tehran to Cambridge and London and then across the Atlantic to Canada, where he established his own studio and began pulling together all of the ideas that would weave together as his first significant release.

This is as much a showcase for Ashkan’s musical skills, from composition to lyric writing to multi-instrumentalist to production, as it is a suite of songs in its own right. This EP not only connects the dots of his musical learning but also connects the flavors of the cultures he has lived in and the styles that have influenced him.

‘Long Vivid Dream’ was recorded in Montreal between April 2013 and October 2015. It features vocalist Alexis Nadeau, who Malayeri met through a mutual friend in September 2013. The EP also involves Grammy and Oscar-winning music producer Jeff Bass, best known for his long-term work with Eminem and collaboration with George Clinton.

This EP is laced with the melancholia and angst that crept in from the cold Canadian winters Ashkan now found himself acclimatizing to, summing up the myriad textures found on the record. A mix of chilled and measured washes are used as platforms for more intricate sounds from raw guitars and plaintive pianos to pop beats and even sultry jazz grooves.

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Building up the songs involved a long and dedicated process, where Askhan plays the core sounds across a variety of instruments and digital methods, many of which are then replaced by other players for the final recording, and vocals added above the tracks. He likened the process to “rebuilding a large cathedral brick by brick”.

“My music is usually score-based so I write the skeleton of the songs as sheet music before even touching my instruments. Once I’m done doing that which is really what makes the song what it really is I dump it on logic and started arranging it…. almost note by note. So I make sure everything and every note is in the right place,” explains Askhan Malayeri. “I try avoiding picking up an instrument and just playing along to the chords… makes for a generic sound which I’m sick of hearing on most people’s music.”

The attention to detail is worth the effort with its dreamy soundscapes, rock aggression, pop aware melodicism, progressive attitudes, sonorous gothic edges and quirky nu-jazz and everything in between. Yet somehow this EP maintains a cohesiveness, always sounding like a complimentary collection of songs rather than a scattergun of musical ideas. Eclecticism, it would seem, is back on the menu. Find ‘Long Vivid Dream’ now on Bandcamp.

SOURCE: Official Bio

“This is music that mixes melancholy with that silver lining of hope, for romantics running a fine line between harsh realities and sweet dreams. This is bound to appeal to fans of Blonde Redhead, CocoRosie, Massive Attack, and GEMS, as well as John Fryer’s Black Needle Noise”
– Big Takeover Magazine

“Cinematic in nature, dystopic in execution, Discolor Blind boldly, yet seamlessly cross genres with their latest offering “Black And Grey”. Combining rough, distorted guitars with grandiose keys, Askhan Malayeri takes on more of the part of conductor with the brilliant weaving of a complex masterpiece”
– Jammerzine

“The listener finds that there is both hope and promise to be found and melancholy to be savoured, a union that is startling and emancipating. Montreal’s ever increasing sense of music passion is once again given life, a sense of the real and determined, the Long Vivid Dream is one to immerse yourself in”
– Liverpool Sound & Vision

“With Alexis Nadeau on lead vocals, Malayeri has combined the dark tremor-pop of Kate Bush and melded it with the deep electronic-rock of late-’80s / early ’90s Depeche Mode and the haunting disco-electronica of Blonde Redhead”
– The Revue