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Animal Daydream at Mad Mackerel

Hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, Animal Daydream are a duo offering songs that are reminiscent of later Teenage Fanclub and Fleet Foxes, but also borrow liberally from the sound of ’70s soft rock, particularly Fleetwood Mac and CSNY, with their strong vocal harmonies and overall smooth, almost slick production.

New EP, Citrus is released at the end of this month and this is the excellent title track.


Animal Daydream at With Guitars

Click through for the single announcement!


Animal Daydream at Beehive Candy

‘Citrus’ has that classic jangly guitar sound that I associate so often with indie pop, however the vocals and harmonies really do take it into the realms of 1970’s soft rock. The overall effect is something quite timeless, so that the name checked references above really do hold water.


Animal Daydream at Austin Town Hall

Having talked about Animal Daydream last year, it only makes sense that I give some love to their new single, “Citrus.” Well, that and it’s just a really great track looking back to a pure era in American songwriting…though the group hails from Sweden. Imagine finding yourself in Haight-Ashbury, slowly indulging in really warm harmonies and smooth Cali guitar sounds. It’s charming to say the least, but I love how some of the chords slide out in the latter half of the song, carrying you gently into the song’s bouncing closing moments. The Citrus EP will be one of the first new releases from our favorite label, Jigsaw Records, hitting in late January of next year.


Animal Daydream at Get It On Vinyl

Some of the coolest things come out of Sweden; Ikea, Volvo and now, Animal Daydream.

While the band is a duo, there is allot of sound packed in their new EP Easy Pleasures out now on Jigsaw Records. The four track seven-inch is loaded with lush harmonies and jangly guitars. It’s easy to feel nostalgic when listening to the EP. “Canyon Rose” and “Easy Pleasures” have plenty of layers that make you feel like you are listening to a project with three times the members. The arrangements are well executed and have a great relaxing vibe. The crowning jewel if the EP is closing track “I Knew You Would Come Along Before Fall.” The track has all same vibes of the previous songs but adds even more dynamics including the use of strings.

No doubt we are not the first to throw out possible 60’s pop influences including Moody Blues and CSNY, but there is a modern vibe to the band’s sound. If Animal Daydream stick with this formula for their full length album, the results will be amazing.


Animal Daydream at Whisperin and Hollerin

Yet another cool band coming out of the very busy Gothenburg scene. This time, however, instead of being on a Swedish label like Birds Will Sing For You, Animal Daydream are instead on cool American indie Jigsaw Records out of Seattle. Still, one thing is for sure they sound like they would make a great double bill with Hillman Lighthouse should you be hanging out in Gothenburg.

The picture on the sleeve looks a bit like a re-imagining of the hills around Gothenburg harbour but with all sorts of strange exotic animals rather than the fantastic bronze statues of the lost kids I found when walking around there a few years ago.

So having set my turntable to 33 1/3 rpm (no they didn’t catch me out) Canyon Rose came out like a quite mellow and laid back 60s Byrds meets Buffalo Springfield-type song about a canyon rose that also reminds me a bit of Dead Rock West. It has some cool swirling noises over the pleasant vocals.

Glass Ships stays in the same territory with maybe just a hint of, say, Viva Saturn thrown in and a small dose of International Harvester but without the politics. But there’s plenty going on in the gentle pastoral slowly-building song like they want to push a glass ship over one of the Lakes on the outskirts of Gothenburg, only it’s still frozen and they are waiting for the thaw. The quiet modulation they seek as it slowly goes across the lake.

Easy pleasures feels like a less annoying High Llamas song and it may well be. the press release claims it had a Fleetwood Mac influence but don’t let that put you off as it is thankfully barely noticeable while they sing about having to go inside as it’s raining again. A very cool song.

The EP closes with I Knew You Would Come Along Before The Fall. It sounds pretty similar to the other 3 songs but adds a little dash of Belle and Sebastian winsomeness to the gentle 60’s style pastoral Americana. They certainly don’t sound like many of the Swedish bands I love from the 60’s mind. Nonetheless, this is a good debut single and hopefully we’ll be hearing more from Animal Daydream soon.


Animal Daydream at Big Takeover

Hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, Animal Daydream debut with four songs nodding to the mellow sounds of ’70s soft rock.

Though only a duo, Animal Daydream’s sound is grand. Lush production encapsulates perfectly crafted songs, allowing vintage synthesizers and smooth vocals to work the Steely Dan vibe. The title track references Fleetwood Mac, not only in lyric, but also in sound: jangling guitars recall Lindsey Buckingham’s fluid playing and drum rolls ape Mick Fleetwood’s distinct style. It’s like Jackson Browne used Air as his backing band.

It’s winter in the Northeastern US, but, with Animal Daydream, we can have a bit of summer. Sit back in your favorite chair and imagine it’s a convertible, top down, cruising up Pacific Coast Highway with no destination in mind and nothing to do for the foreseen future. Easy pleasures, indeed.


Animal Daydream at Examiner

Sometimes less is more and on Easy Pleasure the Swedish band Animal Daydream proves just that. Their latest release is a four track EP that links 60’s pop rock with the sounds of the present. Haunting vocal harmonies weave their way through a wall of melody that is occasionally disturbed by the well placed synthesizers and guitars.

The opening track “Canyon Road” kicks off with jangly guitars giving it a sound reminiscent of the Byrds before erupting in a plethora of different sounds. Even after the spacey melodies invade the track it still retains that mellow classic sound. The song “I Knew You Would Come Along Before Fall” is a mesmerizing tune loaded with soothing melodies kept afloat by subdued rhythms. The addition of strings adds another layer giving the song an uncanny classic feel. Sandwiched between these two gems are the songs “Glass Ships” and “Easy Pleasures”. They really open up the toy box on this duo of songs showcasing what Animal Daydream can do when they utilize all their musical toys.

Easy Pleasures is a fun listen. Animal Daydream packs a lot of sound on to four songs. The multiple layers of music work in harmony without muddying up the listening experience. The icing on the cake, so to speak, is the vocals. Daniel Fridlund Brandt & Alexander Wahl treat their vocals as part of the overall soundscape of their songs being treated as another instrument. Take the time to listen to Easy Pleasures from Animal Daydream and get lost in the music.


Animal Daydream at Collapse Board

You realize what a lucky bastard you are, don’t you? Well, you should. Exclusive EP streams normally aren’t our bag.

I had a nice intro written here. Something about the golden days of American radio, how that was half a lifetime ago for me, how radical even James Taylor sounded to a kid who listened to golden oldies stations for the first decade or so of her life.

But eh. Leave it to Animal Daydream’s four tracks of gentle rock therapy to send you reeling through the jasmine of yr mind.

Now, yes – in other reviews I’ve lamented against dewey-eye nostalgia. But you know what? This cozy, chess-playing Yes vibe that “Glass Ships” invokes makes me happy. Very happy. “Canyon Rose” gives me that gentle, Crosby, Stills and Nash feeling, of harmony for the sake of beauty, of an age where conversations aren’t encoded in layers of irony. The Fleetwood Mac name-checking in the title track does seem a bit smug – but then again, what with the laid-back strum and utterly hummable tune, why not call up Lindsey and Stevie and go a-frolicking into the wheat fields?

The most impressive trip, methinks, is the closer “I Knew You Would Come Along Before Fall”. Strings hum and linger flutes flicker overhead – it lifts me into the serene universe of the Moody Blues, those wondrous troubadours of psychedelia. No one’s reminded me of the Moody Blues in ages. I could dwell in their albums, and guide newcomers through the craggy peaks and foggy, twisty trails, and retreat later to the trees and meditate on weighty things. Mind, this track’s only a love song, with no question of balance to ponder – and that is, indeed, what modern bands with their heads turned back often miss.

But eh. I mentioned the word “therapy” earlier, and that wasn’t a dig. All this running and panting toward what’s hip and happening can wear ya down, until the hunt becomes a chore. But you can relax around Animal Daydream. They’re not in the race. So high five and take ten.


Animal Daydream at Triste

Da un po’ di notti non riesco a dormire molto bene. Non è inusuale che io abbia pensieri misti ad ansia per la mente, ma c’è qualcosa di diverso, qualcosa che riguarda in particolar modo la mia schiena.

Al mio risveglio mattutino devo inventare qualche esercizio posturale per raddrizzarmi. Qualcosa di molto lontano dallo yoga. Qualche mattina fa ho scoperto il perché di tanto fastidio: al mio letto mancano due doghe di pseudo legno. Le altre resistono con molta fatica.

Questo fine settimana dovrò cambiare il letto, sempre se riesco a superare le notti future senza ritrovarmi incastrata tra il materasso e la struttura del letto. Andrò all’Ikea e oltre a scegliere il letto meno costoso di tutti (garantito al massimo per qualche ora di sonno) dovrò cercare di convincere anche qualche anima pia ad aiutarmi a capire le istruzioni (solamente la parte visiva, quella, come dire, letteraria non l’ho mai considerata).

E dalla Svezia, precisamente da Gothenburg (che poi è Göteborg), arrivano anche gliAnimal Daydream con il loro EP Easy Pleasure, band da sapori e suoni di un’epoca lontana.

Daniel Fridlund Brandt e Alexander Wahl si presentano con un EP in cui è possibile rintracciare melodie tipiche dell’indie pop, che spesso si avvicinano ad atmosfere tendenti alla psichedelia.

Senza impegnare troppo l’ascoltatore, Easy Pleasure riassume in una quindicina di minuti l’originalità e la bravura del duo, che consiste, oltre all’intonazione simpatica dei brani, nel saper riportare in scena suoni tipici di anni passati (70’), che si presentano sin dalle prime note della bellissima Canyon Rose.

La Svezia questa settimana mi ha regalato una bellissima sorpresa musicale. Sono certa che Easy Pleasure mi farà compagnia, in particolare,  questo sabato.

Un buon modo per entrare in modalità Ikea che, si sa, per quanto carina possa essere, dopo mezz’ora ti trasporta in un’altra dimensione.