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Youngteam

Maybe there is something in the water. Maybe it’s all of those long, cold winter nights. Maybe it’s the etheric splendor of the flashing light parade of the aurora borealis. Whatever it is, there must be something in Stockholm, Sweden that has Youngteam devoting so much talent and time thinking about, writing about and playing about dreaming. Lost in a world of thought, Youngteam have decided to so aptly name their latest release Daydreamer.

Daydreamer, due out for official release in March of 2011 on Northern Star Records, is a delightful and ethereal mesmerizing exploration along a cerebral landscape of lush jangly guitars awash in reverb set to an array of harmonious melodies and enchanting rhythms. Every track, from beginning to end, are well placed, with one song as good as the next. Daydreamer will send you on your own sonic daydreams replete with all of the effects laden soundscapes of your dreams. As the band’s debut full length, it is amazing to discover that most of these tracks were recorded from live shows, thanks to the expert production skills of Mattias Glava. Mattias Glava is a top Swedish producer better know for his work with Dungen, Håkan Hellström and The Soundtrack of Our Lives.

Youngteam are; depending on whenever you catch them as they’ve had a number of personnel changes; Fredrik Liljequist, Peter Eriksson, Johan Angantyr, Mattias Hägerstrand (helping hands from time to time), Christian Rockström, Jesper Klein, Tobias Eidewald, Andrev Bergström, Matilda Johansson, Matilda Niang and Anna Järvinen.

When Youngteam put out their first release in 2007 as an EP called Missnobandjet, they chose to work as a collective and feature different lead singers. One of them was the much acclaimed Anna Järvinen who took to the mic for the often favored “Your Love”. Previously, Anna had established a bit of a reputation for her contributions with Granada and Dungen. Since her work with Youngteam, Anna Järvinen, on her own, went on to achieve a top ten album in Finland and Sweden.

As a special treat for the listeners of Air Atlantic Underground Radio, Youngteam and Scott Causer, owner of Northern Star Records, have allowed us an exclusive free download of an unreleased demo copy of “Your Love”, featuring Anna Järvine.

Don’t forget to tune into Scott’s radio show called Revolution In Sound which airs on Wednesdays and Fridays on Air Atlantic Underground Radio. Check our Broadcast Schedule page for air times. And, by all means, don’t forget to pre-order your copy of Daydreamer by Youngteam at the Northern Star Records online shop. It’s a real stunner!

Download here:
Youngteam – (unreleased demo) – \"Your Love\" (featuring Anna Järvinen) (an Air Atlantic Underground Radio exclusive!)

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Northern Star Records
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Daniel Land

If you are out and about in the land up north, you may well run into quite a sociable character named Daniel Land. Daniel; Danny or Dan to his many friends; is making a mark for himself as one of the areas’ prominent musicians. Besides being a musician, Daniel has even had the pleasure to host a very small concert by Jane Siberry right in his very own living room! Though Daniel is originally from way down south in Exeter, Devon; that land up north that he now calls home is Manchester, England.

As if you haven’t figured it out already, Daniel is the main man who fronts the band, Daniel Land & The Modern Painters. The other members of the band are Graeme Meikle, Oisin Scarlett, Andrew Galpin and Jason Magee.

When The Painters aren’t around, Daniel spends some of his time with a much more Ambient personal project he calls Riverrun on Saint Cecilia Records. Imagine relaxing by the side of a babbling brook on a warm and sunny day with nothing to do but watch the grass grow and the frogs jump about. That’s the sort of soothing feeling you get while listening to the gentle Ambient tones and rhythms of Riverrun. Oh, did I just say that listening to Riverrun was like watching grass grow!? Oh, my! Believe me, it’s all good and just what the doctor ordered to relax all those tethered nerves from all of the manic frustrations of everyday life. Don’t believe me? Give it a good spin and feel your stress wash away into the ether. Think Brian Eno when he decided to chill out a bit and create all that wonderful Ambient background music, ala his Music For Airports series. Daniel’s admiration for one of his mentors is quite evident with his Riverrun project. You can find Riverrun’s Pentimento at Daniel Land’s Big Cartel shop along with several releases from Daniel Land & The Modern Painters. There is also a very limited 2nd album on it’s way at this very moment called La Mer, again on Saint Cecelia Records. Finally, for Riverrun’s devoted fans, there’s also a digital single release of “Hamworthy Common (Parts I & II)” distributed as a free download on the BFW Recordings website.

Daniel Land puts his guitar down and goes to it on synth

Daniel Land & The Modern Painters’ first release was an EP in 2007 they called Voss. From my understanding, it’s long sold out but you can still purchase a digital copy from CD Baby. In 2008, it was followed up with another EP called Imagining October which was later rereleased to satisfy further demand. The Sonic Cathedral label released the band’s 7″ vinyl single of “Within The Boundaries” (Schnauss/Peters Mix), originally from the Voss EP, backed with “Benjamin’s Room” (Schnauss/Peters Mix). Next they came along in 2009 with what is considered the band’s debut full length album, Love Songs For The Chemical Generation, a glorious journey through the enchanted land of Daniel Land & The Modern Painters. Yet another sold out item*. Are you sensing a trend here? Never fear! You can purchase a digital copy at the band’s Bandcamp shop.

* (Editing Note: Just got word that there are still a few copies of Love Songs For The Chemical Generation left at the band’s Big Cartel shop. Get them now before they too are sold out!)

A busy man, that Daniel! He’s also a contributor to a local band called The Steals among other projects that he’s involved in. Too many, I suspect, for even he to keep track of!

But wait, there’s more. When the up and coming critically acclaimed Engineers went through a shake up and needed to replace two of it’s members, Daniel Land stepped up to the plate with his trusty bass guitar to help beef up the band after Mark Peters moved over to take the lead on guitar. Still in need of another member, Ulrich Schnauss was right by his side ready to fill in with his magical keyboard and technical skills. Here, at the time, we fans feared that Engineers were breaking up. Little did we know what they had up their musical sleeves to tantalize the masses. You can hear Daniel’s contributions on the Engineers latest 2010 album on Kscope Records called In Praise Of More.

All of this, combined with all of the touring that he does with his various musical endeavors, leads me to one conclusion: Daniel never sleeps. He can’t. How would he ever find the time? Truly one of this generation’s musical wonders.

~ Stream or download for free Riverrun’s “Hamworthy Common (Parts I & II)” at the BFW Recordings website:

Daniel Land’s Big Cartel Shop
Daniel Land & The Modern Painters on Facebook
Daniel Land & The Modern Painters on MySpace

Riverrun on Facebook
Engineers
Engineers on Facebook

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Hinterland

Back in 2003 up in Vancouver, Canada, a band called Hinterland released their debut album, Under The Waterline on Detroit’s HybridElectric Records. Under The Waterline is full of soft yet powerful musical explorations in the world of Ethereal Dream that became part of the resurgence of the Shoegaze movement.

Hinterland consisted of John Lucas, Michaela Galloway, Robb Johannes and Gregg Steffensen and went on to create 2 more releases before their eventual demise. Lead guitarist John Lucas and chanteuse Michaela Galloway married and added a son to their lives making things a bit difficult for them to bother with all of the touring and area live shows that Hinterland diligently performed for their area fans; not to mention finding time to write, rehearse and record outside of a busy new household. By the way, we hear that little Master Lucas has taken to following in his mother’s footsteps; albeit, in his own preferred styling.

With music being in their blood, John and Michaela found ways to continue creating the music they both love so dearly as well as holding together their new lives as a family. It’s called DIY, folks and you do it at home. Together, they call themselves The Hope Slide.

The Hope Slide, along with the follow up releases from Hinterland, can be found on John Lucas’ Submerged Records label. Hinterland’s second album was released in 2006 with the title The Picture Plane. Finally in 2008, Hinterland put out their last album under the name Pan Pan Medico. Of course, cuts from each of these albums have found their way on Air Atlantic Underground Radio at some time over the years and still manage to grace its airwaves.

By the way, if you go to The Hope Slide’s Bandcamp profile, you can find lots of really cool remixes of their self-titled 2010 release for free in the digital format of your choice. Well worth the download!

To celebrate the inception of Hinterland and it’s time with us, the band has decided to offer up the track “Tiger Tiger” from Under The Waterline as a free download. In my opinion, their best song, full of gentle beauty and powerful submissive emotions.

You can download “Tiger Tiger” for free in one of the following methods:

Or here:

Hinterland on Bandcamp
Hinterland on MySpace
Hinterland on Blogger
The Hope Slide on Bandcamp
Submerged Records

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