Daniel Land has announced the release of his solo album, In Love With A Ghost, as well as a new single that is off that album, called ‘New York Boogie-Woogie’ that is available to listen and preview on YouTube. Daniel Land has been releasing and producing dream-pop and ambient music for almost a decade now and he has developed a distinguished dreamgaze songwriting style that has put him up with the top writers from that genre. His last two albums, ‘Love Songs For The Chemical Generation’ and ‘The Space Between Us’ under the name Daniel Land & The Modern Painters received a tremendous amount of admiration from fans of the dreamgaze genre but unfortunately the group disbanded three years ago and is no longer performing and writing under that band name. For the last three years after the break up of the group, Daniel Land even considered giving up making music altogether but thankfully decided to carry on with his writing which led to the release of this great solo album, In Love With A Ghost.
In Love With A Ghost is an album that was written at a troubling time for Daniel Land as he had just recently parted ways with his band whom he had accomplished great things with while also suffering a chronic inner ear infection that left him partially deaf with sudden bouts of dizziness that lasted over a year. Daniel Landexplains, “This is an album about cities. It is an album about reinvention, and starting your life over. It is an album about growing up, finding love, and settling down. And to a lesser degree, it is about the damage that can be done to a person, or a family, by falling in love with the wrong person. With ‘In Love With A Ghost’, I came full circle for a while by incorporating a whole bunch of influences that pre-date my love of dream-pop and shoegaze. I really wanted to make a colourful, widescreen, detailed record. When I started the album, I didn’t have a live band, and most of the tracks were written on the piano, for my own amusement, rather than for a group with three guitarists.”
The seriousness and complexity of In Love With A Ghosts differs from most of Daniel Land’s past works and you can’t help to sense there is something emotionally wrong during the writing of this album. “Unable to make music, and living in a new city made me feel, at times, powerfully depressed. This became a crisis of confidence that went very deep and it did seem, for a while, that I would never find my way back to making music again. Finishing the album was a process that involved re-evaluating my life and overhauling my relationship to music, and coming out of the other side more healthy, more humble, and more grateful. It’s good to be back again,” says Daniel.
The album was recorded at various locations including London, Manchester, Devon, California, and New York and features twenty various musicians who help play on it including members of Daniel Land & The Modern Painters, Andrew Saks(Sway/ASAKS), Gerard Hopes(Little Nova Sounds), and members of his new live band. The album also involved prolific ambient composer Brin Coleman aka Bing Satellites whom helped with the production, co-writing, and playing of instruments from the albums start to finish.
Daniel Land is well known for his participation in dream-pop super group Engineers but also releases ambient music under the name riverrun and has done collaborations with artists such as German composer Ulrich Schnauss, The Steals, Bing Satellites, and Ask For Joy. For more info about Daniel Land and his new solo album In Love With A Ghost check out his website, iTunes, Facebook, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, YouTube, and Twitter.
Living in San Diego, Brandon is our US correspondent. He has been a musician, recording artist, and songwriter for 15+ years and enjoys anything related to music.
Brandon currently makes music in his home recording studio with the band Puzzled Eyes. When he is not making and recording music, he enjoys creative writing and listening to new undiscovered music. Brandon brings a great non-European perspective to EP, and has recently started doing interviews. You can find him and Puzzled Eyes on Facebook. Puzzled Eyes is also on YouTube.