Track by track /// Maths And The Moon ‘Night Train Daydream’ [Album] 2013

Maths And The Moon
Taking alternative music on a new level, Maths And The Moon present a psychedelic ride on a night train through your own mind in their debut album ‘Night Train Daydream’ (out 30th September). The band’s vocalist and guitarist Andy Fielder gives an exclusive track-by-track guide through this fantastic record.
 
1. FFwD (Fly From Danger)
Like the start of a film, the idea was to create an atmosphere and mood to take you somewhere else and into a story. It’s claustrophobic, repetitive, and was intended to reflect feelings of panic and the fight-or-flight theory.
 
2. ON A KNIFE EDGE
A train-of-thought insight into an upside down and back to front world, at any point you could crack. It’s a heavy song and has a Neu!-like motion to it. The chorus is a reference to a bizarre experience I once had where I was approached by a crazed woman in the pouring rain who believed she had a message for me.
 
3. HEKYLL AND HYDE
I wanted to write about not making sense of your own personality, the story of Jekyll and Hyde became the perfect vehicle. I wanted to be a character in the verse, and then become another in the chorus. Musically, it sounds very different between the two parts, with the chorus being big and bright, in contrast to the dark verses.
 
4. IT’S OKAY TO BE AFRAID
One of the main themes to the album is protection, and this is perhaps the most direct song on the subject. It’s about looking after someone special in vulnerable times, telling them or telling yourself that it’s ok to feel whatever you feel. We wanted it to sound really warm and be really uplifting, like being in a safe place, even just for a short time.
 
5. RECURRING DREAM NUMBER 13
Following the lyrics about sleep in the previous song, this is the dream that follows. We wanted it to be a connecting piece between two songs, moving from one scene to another like a film. It’s spooky atmospheric sound is underpinned by the amazing drone of our SX1000 vintage synthesizer, much like on FFwD and WWYB.
 
6. OLD DAYS/NEW DAZE
Awake after a dream, yet now in another place. This song is about being taken somewhere but failing to remember your way back. Whatever you do in the moment may affect your future, and it’s almost a celebration of accepting that and confronting your own fears. The slow melting guitars mixed with the up-tempo bass and drum groove created a trance-like platform for the repetitive lyrics.
 
7. WWYB (The Demons March)
If the album is about demons, then I thought it was appropriate for them to have their own song. It’s like an infection on the album, the voice of the Demons coming for your blood!
 
8. ANXIOUS CATS
The worn-out, staring out the window with an acoustic type song, wanting the trains to stop. It’s the most progressive song on the album, we are really proud of how big it sounds when it changes in the middle – It’s the most emotive part of the album, and perhaps the most beautiful too.
 
9. MONOCHROME
Monochrome originally had lyrics in the verse, but the contrast seemed more stark when we removed them. We kept the title and the theme, as it followed the song before. The idea being that things can get dark, but you can at least try to add colour to it. It’s really upbeat, with dreamy verses at the same time. The playing sounds really focused too.    
 
10. LOLOCOMO
An instrumental piece representing the last train leaving the station, taking the darkness with it. It’s layers of dictaphone recordings I took, mostly from travelling across America. Luke recorded some LW radio noise too, which sounds incredible over the guitar noise.
 
11. LIGHT AT THE 11TH HOUR
This punky song is playful and bright, and was intended to be the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s full of desire and realisation, finding something and someone. It’s all in the song title.
 
12. POLYCHROME
The closing song had to be a celebration. It’s upbeat, motorik, full of fuzzy guitars and pinned down by a relentless arpeggio from our other vintage synthesizer, Jupiter. The theme had to represent colour and light, it’s the antidote to the darkness that came before. I like to think of it as the sun coming up after a long restless night, and everything’s just fine. The whole thing was just a dream.
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4 Responses to “Track by track /// Maths And The Moon ‘Night Train Daydream’ [Album] 2013”
  1. Jamie says:

    Now that is really good. There were touches of early Pink Floyd in there and in the video too. Thanks for introducing this band, Olga.

  2. eva6kora says:

    Really interesting sound! Love it! Great discovery!

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