Vermillion Plaza

“Vermillion Plaza,” the second single from Deastro’s full-length debut, Moondagger, miniaturizes the album’s best assets and shoots them out of a cannon. Plucky synth arpeggios, end-of-the-world choruses, joyously careening melody lines-it’s all there, squashed into a life-affirming three minutes and 50 seconds. “Vermillion Plaza”’s hidden weapon is its songcraft, which may easily goes unnoticed as the pop-music blur flies by-the song lives uneasily in its skin, buttressing its fireworks display of a chorus with odd moments of synthesizer psychedelia, funk, and disco. And when Deastro’s Randolph Chabot pleads for contact, singing, “Would you be my son / ‘cause all of mine have died?,” it’s less a cry of self-pity than a salute to the power of human connection.

The B-side is Mux Mool’s lumbering, half-time remix of “Vermillion Plaza.” The former Ghostly Swim featured artist plunges Chabot’s vocal into a sinister electronic nightmare-scape, squelching through mud puddles of bass as synthesized strings circle the skies.

About Deastro

Although Randolph Chabot’s music has always glowed with positivity, it took an adolescent epiphany to bring his alter-ego, Deastro, into the light of day. By age 17, Chabot says, “I...check out Deastro's page and other releases

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  • Digital
  • release date:
  • May 12, 2009
  • artwork by:
  • Hilary Pecis
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