Now on the comically named Fueled By Ramen label, Days Away has released their debut album, Mapping an Invisible World, which bears a few lively moments, but for the most part remains sedate and sleepily unoriginal.
Album opener "God and Mars" is the most upbeat moment, breaking in with a crisp drum intro and continuing with singer Keith Goodwin’s semi-whine over a line by guitarist Matt Austin, which was no doubt leased to him by U2’s the Edge. "Mirrors" and "It’s Not Over" attempt to infuse some energy, but when Goodwin’s sleepy legato anesthetizes, the feeling of coming around after surgery is the dominant sensation. On "Gravity," when Goodwin inquires, "Is gravity bringing you down?" the tempting response to his nasal, Revolver-era Lennon imitation is that it’s actually his singing.
It seems these young lads still have quite a bit to learn, as is driven home by their lackluster lyrics, all which seem to be centered around an almost existentialist, post-breakup melancholy. While there is some melody to latch onto, the songs sound like a dream gone on too long.
Warning to listeners: Do not listen to this CD while operating heavy machinery.