Former frontman of Montreal’s electronic duo, Majical Cloudz, Devon Welsh, continues the musical journey announcing his debut solo album, Dream Songs, out August 24th, and his latest single “By the Daylight.” Since the duo’s natural demise in 2016, Welsh stepped away from music for a year. “I just tried to grow as a person and do some learning,” explains Welsh, as the growing process would eventually form his welcoming return. Taking a more “organic” approach, versus his previous electronic route, Welsh’s collaboration with producer Austin Tufts allowed more “traditional” instrumentation to be used, which can be heavily heard and admired on “By the Daylight.”
The track is a gentle and expansive awakening of life, fittingly so by the daylight. Strings are carefully plucked and caressed, growing with each verse as Welsh’s low, and assuring tone raises to all life: “If you see an insect / don’t try to squash it / things more powerful than you control the actions in your life.” “By the Daylight” leaves a lingering trace of gratitude and an expansive amount of wealth through the full, and cinematic formation of strings. Welsh explains on the track’s meaning: “Life often seems like a catastrophe of one kind or another, events seem out of our control. Sometimes it feels like we’re just swept along in a tide we don’t really understand, and this song is about experiencing that feeling.” Despite the stemmed intent from “catastrophe,” the musical component and Welsh’s words reassure that the ultimate feeling will eventually be beautiful.
Cover photo: Christopher Honeywel