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

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more

2020-01-15
Carlos Alvarado RIP – Carlos Alvarado, pioneering composer, multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of progressive rock and electronic experimental music in Mexico, passed away January 14th, 2020 at age 68 after a two year battle with cancer.  » Read more

2020-01-12
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more

2020-01-12
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more

2020-01-10
Neil Peart RIP – One of rock music's defining drummers has died at the age of 67. Neil Peart's work with Rush provided one of the templates for percussion in rock, and he certainly ranks in the top ten most influential drummers of the 20th Century. Peart retired from playing in 2015 due to health issues, and succumbed to brain cancer on January 7, 2020. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Ancient Future - Planet Passion – The previous release by this SF Bay Area world-fusion unit led by guitarist Matthew Montfort was 1993’s Asian Fusion (reviewed in Exposé #2), so after such a long lapse we were caught off guard...  (2003) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues