Known for dramatic performances as well as subtle, varied recordings, Seattle multimedia ensemble Midday Veil draws influence from the cosmic properties of sound, feedback loops and improvisation, as well as a musical pantheon that includes The United States of America/American Metaphysical Circus, Can, Tangerine Dream, Terry Riley, Don Cherry, John Coltrane, Brian Eno, Laurie Anderson, Sun City Girls, Omar Khorshid and The Cure, among many others.
The band began in 2008 as a collaboration between vocalist and visual artist Emily Pothast and analog synth head David Golightly (whose studies in composition and electronic music included courses led by Karlheinz Stockhausen), however the broad palette of Midday Veil's characteristic sound owes much of its shapeshifting audacity to the addition in early 2009 of Timm Mason—a multi-instrumentalist obsessed with modular synthesis, musique concrète and Middle Eastern melodies—on baritone guitar. In 2011, the band added Jayson Kochan on bass and Sam Yoder on percussion. In 2012, original drummer Chris Pollina left the band and was replaced by Garrett Moore (Brain Fruit, Particle Being Trio).
David and Emily are also the co-founders of the record label Translinguistic Other and give site-specific audiovisual installation/performances as Hair and Space Museum. Timm performs (and obsessively records) solo material as Mood Organ and runs a cassette label called Masters Chemical Society; Jayson flies solo as Airport.
"Midday Veil consistently produces some of the best experimental psychedelic music I've ever heard, always bending genres and minds at the same time."
-Hammer Smashed Sound
"Midday Veil may be one of Seattle's very best next new things [...] the art and authenticity of good psych rock, with none of the grimy regret of that genre's gummy-headed next day awakening."
-Three Imaginary Girls
"mind expansion rarely is this sexy."