Dayseeker's conceptual third full-length album, Dreaming Is Sinking /// Waking Is Rising maintains an inimitable and infectious intensity while representing a marked evolution for the Orange County group. Since 2012, the group has quietly sent shockwaves throughout the scene. The DNA of this story is an amalgam of the coma suffered by a friend of Rory Rodriguez's ex-girlfriend, Alex Garland's book The Coma, and Boys Night Out's 2005 concept record Trainwreck – a personal favorite of the frontman.
He carefully pieced together these inspirations into one bold body of work. Producer Josh Schroeder (King 810, The Plot In You, Battlecross) encouraged the narrative to unfold musically. "Josh really respected the concept," Rory explains. "He helped us add some flare and personality to round out the entire vision. Plus, he made it sound huge!"
Lead single "Vultures" snaps from a breathy verse into an onslaught of guitars and drums. It hinges on a stop-and-start groove as Rory strangles a scream from raw emotion before slipping into a hypnotic croon. Elsewhere, "Sleep in the Sea pt. II" (feat. Garrett Russell of Silent Planet) swings like a wrecking ball from potent and powerful pummeling into a vicious vocal volley.