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Now Hear This: Daydream | Mystic Operative

The Portland punk noisemakers confront commodification on their sophomore set.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Daydream’s sound is difficult to describe. It’s noisy and chaotic but held together by riffs and melodies that will get stuck in your head for days. It sounds like Lebenden Toten through a Jesus Lizard filter. This is the band’s second LP. Their first seemed to go under the radar, at least in the United States. On their second LP, the band takes on the commodification of every aspect of our lives.

The band writes about the record, “We are designed and raised to be soldiers, informants, producers, and workers for the state. The more categorized we are by identify, the easier it is to be commodified; all culture, ideas, and thoughts throw into countless algorithms. Just as any of our sacred experiences continually changed — joy and loss, oppression and pain, sexual and gender deviancy, bliss and enlightenment — so do their tactics. Every moment has the potential to be capitalized on or commodified. Every moment offers them useful data to sell to you, implicate you, or both. They empower us to inflict violence and implicate on another. Relation and even existence feel impossible without their tools. But there are moments, those sacred moments, that are unique to us. WE have to fight the operative to keep those experiences ours, without giving it to them for their uses. Watch out for the mystics, inside and out.”

TLDR: Kill the cop in your head.”