Hans-Peter Lindstrom's latest work, Where You Go I Go Too, is one of this year's best records, and, for me, it's a perfect record. See, two days a week, I work out of town, and the drive takes 55 minutes, if not longer. I can play Where You Go I Go Too, and the record will get me psyched for the day, and by the time "The Long Way Home" fades out, I'm at work and ready to face the day. Lindstrom has a knack of making a beat that's minimalist without being monotonous. These three songs are long, deep dance numbers, but they ebb and flow in a way that is always compelling. At times modern-sounding, at times reminiscent of Giorgio Moroder's work with Donna Summer-- heck, at times I think of ABBA—these songs sink nicely into a groove that gets your adrenaline going without tiring you out. From what I've read, Lindstrom wanted to do that with these songs, and he's succeeded. A wonderful mood record, this.
Daniel Land & The Modern Painters Imagining October
Saturday, September 20, 2008
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.
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