“The Color of Dreams” by Derri Daugherty provides pleasant aural dreamscapes

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“The Color of Dreams” by Derri Daugherty provides pleasant aural dreamscapes

Miss me?

Life spent most of 2018 punk­pound­ing me on mul­ti­ple fronts, hence my lengthy absence from this space. My deep thanks to Peter for his patience.

Any­way, time to start catch­ing up on things, start­ing with some new (well, it was new in August of last year) music by Derri Daugh­erty, guitarist/​vocalist/​tunesmith for vet­eran Chris­t­ian alt rock­ers The Choir. The Color of Dreams was sub­stan­tially delayed from its orig­i­nal sched­uled release date due to Daugh­erty relo­cat­ing from his Nashville base to South­ern Cal­i­for­nia so he could serve as care­taker for his ail­ing elderly father, who sub­se­quently sadly passed away. It bears the marks of this loss as well as oth­ers, yet is any­thing but a long-​playing dirge.

Musi­cally, the album plays to Daugherty’s mature strengths, which if sum­ma­rized are best described as atmos­pheric Amer­i­cana. Strains of plain­tive roots country’s strong, sim­ple melodies abound, framed in a mostly gen­tle wash of Daugherty’s well-​honed elec­tric gui­tar tonal­i­ties lay­ered atop unob­tru­sive foun­da­tions. Daugh­erty has long exhib­ited a gift for melody plus sonic coun­ter­part, and The Color of Dreams makes it clear he’s only grown stronger over time.

Lyri­cally the album is often sen­ti­men­tal with­out sac­cha­rine, tales of lives well lived and com­ing to grips with loss. If the album has a fault, it is that even though the words through­out solidly com­pli­ment the high qual­ity music, one wishes that Daugh­erty would have writ­ten at least some of the lyrics. As amply demon­strated by “Mercy Lives Here” on The Choir’s Flap Your Wings album, he knows his way around putting words to music. Hope­fully there will be more of this in future projects. The album con­cludes with some excel­lent instru­men­tal ambi­ent tracks.

The Color of Dreams is not going to make the playlist of any Chris­t­ian radio sta­tion look­ing to fill time in-​between chi­ro­prac­tor ads with gooey ear candy sopho­moric praise cho­ruses for soc­cer moms. Their loss, and espe­cially their lis­ten­ers loss. There is depth in Daugherty’s work on all fronts, pre­sent­ing the kinds of chal­lenges abhorred by many mod­ern believ­ers as some­how demon­strat­ing a lack of faith despite their unmis­tak­able lin­eage directly to the Psalmists cry­ing out to God with the same fer­vor they showed in call­ing out praise to Him. For those who have been through or are going through the fire, The Color of Dreams pro­vides wel­come and sorely needed comfort.

The album is avail­able on Daugherty’s Band­camp page.


Miss me?

Life spent most of 2018 punkpounding me on multiple fronts, hence my lengthy absence from this space. My deep thanks to Peter for his patience.

Anyway, time to start catching up on things, starting with some new (well, it was new in August of last year) music by Derri Daugherty, guitarist/vocalist/tunesmith for veteran Christian alt rockers The Choir. The Color of Dreams was substantially delayed from its original scheduled release date due to Daugherty relocating from his Nashville base to Southern California so he could serve as caretaker for his ailing elderly father, who subsequently sadly passed away. It bears the marks of this loss as well as others, yet is anything but a long-playing dirge.

Musically, the album plays to Daugherty’s mature strengths, which if summarized are best described as atmospheric Americana. Strains of plaintive roots country’s strong, simple melodies abound, framed in a mostly gentle wash of Daugherty’s well-honed electric guitar tonalities layered atop unobtrusive foundations. Daugherty has long exhibited a gift for melody plus sonic counterpart, and The Color of Dreams makes it clear he’s only grown stronger over time.

Lyrically the album is often sentimental without saccharine, tales of lives well lived and coming to grips with loss. If the album has a fault, it is that even though the words throughout solidly compliment the high quality music, one wishes that Daugherty would have written at least some of the lyrics. As amply demonstrated by “Mercy Lives Here” on The Choir’s Flap Your Wings album, he knows his way around putting words to music. Hopefully there will be more of this in future projects. The album concludes with some excellent instrumental ambient tracks.

The Color of Dreams is not going to make the playlist of any Christian radio station looking to fill time in-between chiropractor ads with gooey ear candy sophomoric praise choruses for soccer moms. Their loss, and especially their listeners loss. There is depth in Daugherty’s work on all fronts, presenting the kinds of challenges abhorred by many modern believers as somehow demonstrating a lack of faith despite their unmistakable lineage directly to the Psalmists crying out to God with the same fervor they showed in calling out praise to Him. For those who have been through or are going through the fire, The Color of Dreams provides welcome and sorely needed comfort.

The album is available on Daugherty’s Bandcamp page.