Exposé Online banner

Way José — Stay in the Light
((Not on label) no#, 2014, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2014-07-30

Stay in the Light Cover artStay in the Light is an interesting EP of five songs from San Francisco multi-instrumentalist Daniel DeMento. Daniel styles himself as a psychedelic independent rock artist, but for me he is more of a singer songwriter who has incorporated psych, rock, and other elements into his music. Actually this short EP, 17 minutes, is a smorgasbord of styles that make it difficult to get a handle on what he is trying to achieve musically. The opening song, “Buck,” is a funky pseudo-hip hop pseudo-rap song with horns, bass, drums, and keys that is quite similar to some of the material on Santana’s Supernatural. Then there is an abrupt shift in style as the title track begins. “Stay in the Light” is a mournful song with acoustic guitar, bells, viola or cello, and female vocals. There is a slight Spanish guitar flavor. But it takes some time to build and with its 2 ½ minute length, it is over just as you begin to figure out what is going on. The third song, “The Humbling Hum,” is another acoustic guitar song and really the only progressive style song on the disc. Then we have another major shift in style with the fourth song “Broken.” “Broken” is basically a narrative ala William S. Burroughs over an ambient jazzy background that is almost on the edge of consciousness. Half way through, the tempo picks up to incorporate some elements of Chicago and It’s a Beautiful Day. And a final musical shift with the last song “The Wind Came Up”: it initially sounds like a Jorge Reyes track with bone rattles, bells, singing bowls, and female chants, which then morphs into dark folk territory. Each song stands on its own merits. But the sheer diversity of styles on a 17-minute EP is too much to appeal to most listeners. It would have been better if Daniel had focused on a particular style or genre and explored it further.

Filed under: New releases, 2014 releases

Related artist(s): Way José

More info
http://wayjose.com

Latest news

2017-02-20
Larry Coryell RIP – One of the greats of jazz guitar has left us at the age of 73. Larry Coryell was one of the founding figures of jazz fusion, but produced a significant body of work the bridged many styles. His group Eleventh House provided a unique take on the combination of jazz and rock that was distinct from contemporaries such as Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Weather Report. » Read more

2017-01-31
John Wetton RIP – After a long battle with colon cancer, singer and bassist John Wetton has died at the age of 67. As an integral member of such bands as King Crimson, UK, and Asia, his was one of the distinctive voices in progressive rock, lending a human touch to often difficult music. » Read more

2017-01-30
Seaprog Announces First Artists for 2017 – The organizers of the Seaprog Festival in Seattle have announced the first set of confirmed performers for the 2017 festival. The best known names are Cabezas de Cera and Jack o' the Clock, but a host of other bands are featured, mostly from the Northwest. The festival will take place June 2-4, 2017. » Read more

2017-01-27
Acoustic Festival of Britain 2017 Announces Eclectic Lineup – The Acoustic Festival of Britain has been going since 2006, and this year's event sees a number of outstanding artists on the bill. Fairport Convention, Tir na nOg, and Martin Turner are some of the artists we've covered, and there are many more, including The Men They Couldn't Hang, Howard Jones, Chantel McGregor, and many more. The festival runs June 2-4, 2017 at Uttoxeter Racecourse in Staffordshire. » Read more

2017-01-26
Butch Trucks RIP – Butch Trucks was one of two drummers in the first incarnation of the Allman Brothers Band in 1969, helping the band achieve its legendary status as an American original. He died on January 24, 2017 of a self-inflicted gunshot would. He was 69. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Kenziner - Timescape – Remember when a "shredding" guitar player was the exception? Seems you can't turn around these days without knocking one over. Kenziner is another one of these small-label guitar bands. The focus is...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues