Today, Chicago-based psych-pop multi-instrumentalist Elijah Montez, the frontman and sole songwriter of Daydream Review shares a new hypnotic single “No Eternity” out everywhere now, that aims to imagine a future beyond a discouraging past and present. The kaleidoscopic debut LP by Daydream Review, Leisure, is due out April 7 and available to pre-order now via Side Hustle Records.

The latest release from Daydream Review, “No Eternity” recalls the turmoil of 2020 from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to the momentous Black Lives Matter protests that flooded the streets. The track aims to imagine what the future might look like if the past and present have felt so harrowing. Sonically, the track came together long before the lyrics did, and its dreamy, lush atmosphere compelled Daydream Review to follow it through and finish it. “Lyrically, it may be the closest to a song specifically about COVID–not the pandemic itself, but between the BLM protests in Summer 2020 and this change a lot of people have had to the nature of work, I had a hard time thinking of how things would look on the other side of it, and trying to make sense of the future when the only context you have is the past.”

Leisure, out this spring, is Daydream Review’s debut full-length studio album featuring his most realized work to date. Over thirteen chromatic, experimental tracks, the artist’s airy production and thoughtful, existential lyricism transports listeners to a fresh sonic universe that pushes the boundaries of modern psychedelic pop. Diving deeper into the album’s meaning, Daydream Review explains, “‘Leisure’ is about the ever-present tension between the desire for free time, for personal enjoyment and leisure, and the demands that capitalistic society places on those desires, and how it restricts the ability to enjoy that free time. Your job and work, to me, seem to be consistent specters that haunt your ability to enjoy your free time, knowing that those demands are always awaiting you when your free time comes to an end.”


It is this balancing act that informed much of the album creation and its themes. The artist continues, “Leisure, as a concept, became something almost otherworldly and that much more desirable, something you dream about when you have so much time funneled into work, and the repetitive act of balancing those two ends up being something almost hypnotic, and I tried to channel all of that into the sonic qualities of the album.”

Staged Haze wrote the album is, “Blurry but lucid, foggy but focused. Spiraling in smoke-machine-haze, but precise in its lyrical poignancy. Comparisons to early Tame Impala and Pond feel a bit too obvious, at least sonically, but they wouldn’t be wrong.” On what makes the album unique, the publication added, “It’s the combination of escapist, ethereal music with the most practical, realist subject imaginable that makes ‘Leisure’ stand out.

Today’s release follows the dreamy, previously shared track, “Have You Found What You’re Looking For?” The title acts as both a question to himself as he was in the middle of writing the song wondering which direction to take it in, and as a larger, more existential question about what he wants out of life. One of the last songs written for the album, Montez explains, “I had written roughly the first half of the song and was unsure where to take it, and I remember trying different things, and talking to myself saying, “Have you figured it out? Have you found it?” Montez adds the theme of the track spoke to the broader themes of the project as a whole, “The overarching theme of the song fits quite well in the context of the album–being dissatisfied with work, dissatisfied with the state of the world, and dissatisfied with capitalism at large, and searching for something that can fill in the void that all that dissatisfaction leaves.”

The track premiered exclusively via FLOOD Magazine who wrote, “Daydream Review have specialized, so far, in crafting mellow, mirage-like songs,” adding, “For a song that loosely revolves around capitalism-induced dread, the final cut is pretty groovy,” specifically about the latest release.

The track grabbed Notion‘s attention, who included the track on their coveted Undiscovered list and wrote the artist, “layers up on tropical sounds on his kaleidoscopic new release.” They added it’s a “nonchalant track guided by many instruments, [an] ethereal release,”

Daydream Review will continue to celebrate releases with live shows including at Chicago’s G-Man Tavern on February 24, and later, will return to Cole’s Bar for the album release show on April 8. The final show in Chicago is on May 26 at Schubas Tavern. Get tickets now here.

In early summer 2022, Daydream Review shared two tracks, an A-side and a B-side, as a taste of what’s to come. The dystopian “Dream Sequence #29” is the B-side to the A-side of the love-filled “Sensory Deprivation” which acted as a palette cleanser after a more retro-influenced debut EP released in 2021. Now, Daydream Review aims to depart slightly from his usual sound in an effort to dig deeper into what his artistry might become in 2023 as both Daydream Review and Elijah Montez, the artist and the person, continue to evolve.

When performing live, the band consists of Montez & Kaitlyn Murphy (harmony vocals and auxiliary percussion), as well as a rotating group of friends who help fill out the band’s live sound.

After moving from Austin to Chicago, Daydream Review began turning the heads of leading tastemakers in Chicago and beyond. Chicago Reader called the band a “pastel-tinted pop-psych gem,” and the Chicago Tribune wrote Montez’s work is, “flowing with an abundance of melodic harmonies and memorable structures,” while Alt Citizen called it, “beautiful, dreamy, and otherworldly.” PopWrapped lauded that the music Montez creates is, “multi-layered, rather personal and often reflective – offer listeners moments of clarity at times when it’s most needed.”

Additionally, Melted Magazine who premiered “Blossom,” wrote the track “is introduced by impermeable prism-like layers of synths refracting a spectrum of guitar tones,” continuing that the singer’s “passively disembodied vocals calmly glide over explosions of colorful moments beneath him as he narrates an out of body experience.” Daydream Review has spent plenty of time on the road, including opening for modern psychedelic pioneers such as Sugar Candy Mountain, Triptides, and The Mattson 2.

Now, with his debut album on the horizon, Daydream Review aims to expand the layered sonic world he has created and continue to push the boundaries of modern psychedelic pop with his dynamic production and reflective, profound, existential lyricism.

Daydream Review’s soothing latest track “No Eternity” is out everywhere now. Leisure, the ethereal debut studio album by Daydream Review, is available to pre-order now, and is due out April 7 via Side Hustle Records. The LP is also available to pre-order on vinyl here. Plus, catch the musician live around Chicago this winter and spring as he celebrates his album release. Get tickets now here. Connect with Daydream Review on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to stay up-to-date with much more to come.

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