Daniel Land & The Modern Painters' newest EP, Imagining October, sounds like it should have been released 15 years ago. It falls nicely into the "shoegazing" genre, but not the heavy bands like My Bloody Valentine or Ride; no, their sound is quite reminiscent of softer, more pop-oriented bands like Lush and Kitchens of Distinction, the quieter moments of Swervedriver and maybe a little Cocteau Twins. Land mixes grand, heady atmospheres with tender, delicate songwriting, and it's oh-so blissfully intoxicating. The EP is book-ended by two epic numbers; the first, "Off Your Face Again," leads you into the land of Nod, while the final "Look at September, Look at October" simply brings you down into calm when you're seeking respite from a night spent alley-catting. The songs in between aren't bad, either; "Chagall Repeat (The Flight)" simply drugs your senses into a pleasurable state, while "Between the Acts" and "The Nights are Falling" enhance and sustain the high you've received. All in all, an impressive introduction to a talent well worth seeking out.
Listen To: "Between the Acts"
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