Posts Tagged ‘citrus’

Animal Daydream at Get It On Vinyl

One of our favorite things to come out Sweden (and yes, there is plenty) is Animal Daydream who we last heard on their EP, Easy Pleasures. Their style of indie pop is infectious and they are back with a new sun soaked EP, Citrus.

Much like the title, “Citrus” is sweet and full of warm goodness. The backing vocals give a smooth vibe ripe for the squeezing. “Sun” has plenty of the same feel but is a mellower track. The sun may have set and we are all laughing around the beach campfire.

“All That You Can Give” is a track that is easy to get lost in. With Beach Boys style harmonies, and a prominent yet subtle guitar melody, it is best experienced to just close your eyes and let it take you away. Equally vibrant is the EP closer “In My Room.” The song makes use of plenty of effects and electronic elements to wrap things up with a fun psychedelic twist.

It’s tracks like these that make us love the indie pop excellence that Animal Daydream continues to deliver. Full of fun, warmth and feel good vibes, it’s always a breath of fresh air. We cannot wait to hear a full-length album from Animal Daydream!

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Animal Daydream at Three Imaginary Girls

As you know, we here at Three Imaginary Girls *love* all things related to Seattle’s brilliant music scene. But we have to admit, when a British or Nordic band (ok, or Australian) comes a calling, our hearts equally flutter.

So when I saw that Jigsaw Records – Seattle’s indie-pop headquarters (in the form of a record label and a record store) – had a new release by the Gothenburg, Sweden duo, Animal Daydream, I wanted to share it with you on the quick!

Citrus,” the title track of the new EP, comes to life in this beautiful (and slightly trippy) video. We are honored to have the chance to exclusively debut it for you here at TIG.

I’d categorize Animal Daydream under earthy soft rock power-pop with 70’s overtones.Any of their songs would be *perfect* on a mixtape, comfortably sandwiched between Fleet Foxes and Teenage Fanclub.

The EP is available digitally at Bandcamp or you can treat yourself to the fancy 7” version– only 300 copies pressed.

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Animal Daydream at Raised by Gypsies

“Citrus” is an EP I wasn’t really sure how to feel about at first.   Over the course of four songs (which isn’t as much as it even sounds like even though these songs are fairly long) Animal Daydream brings out a psychedelic upbeat sound.   It’s somewhere between Blue Oyster Cult and Cream with various elements which resemble Beach Boys.    Of course there are the obvious Beatles and Get Up Kids comparisons but I also hear some Gin Blossoms in here, which I really like.

My biggest problem with this record- my first time listening to it- is that I thought it sounded somewhat like a classic rock band and, well, how cliche is it to have a band who wants to be from the 1960’s put out a record?      This had me put this one aside for quite some time after my initial listen of it.    But then I started thinking a lot about different physical formats, something which I have touched upon in other reviews and, well, I had the record player sending out other tunes one day so I put this back on again.

In theory, if a cassette came out and it sounded like the artist on it was from the 1980’s or early 1990’s would I immediately write them off for being that cliche?  Absolutely not, because that is a large portion of what I review on cassette and I do enjoy it.   And then I just thought about CDs and how music that is good sounds good on any medium and if you’re bad even on cassette you’ll sound bad.    So I needed to put my vinyl issues aside and just hear these songs for what they were and they are actually rather good.

The first thoughts I had- on my first listen- was that this was simply some kind of psychedelic rock n roll that channeled the classic rock side of things.   It took me more than one listen to bring out the influences I can hear of Beach Boys and even those Gin Blossoms melodies.   This really added another dimension to the music for me and the fact that each of these songs seems to take you on its own little journey makes it that much more fun.

At one point, I will admit, that if I was given an Animal Daydream full length album I wouldn’t have even pressed play on it.   But now, after spinning this record more than once, I must admit that I am rather curious to hear a full length from Animal Daydream.    The fear of being lost in songs that all sound the same and bring about “classic rock” thoughts is not something I have any longer.   It excites me to imagine the places this music could take me with more songs, with more time, and that is really one of the best ways I know that I went from being somewhat indifferent to this record to flat out loving it.

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Animal Daydream at Independent Clauses

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Animal Daydream at Alicante

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Animal Daydream at Whisperin and Hollerin

This is the latest single from Animal Daydream is the sort of single you’d expect to be released in early summer as it is so bright and breezy it can’t be about the dark winters of the bands Gothenburg home.

The 7″ single plays at 33 RPM but thankfully I spotted that before dropping the needle on it to hear Citrus burst out of the speakers as a Breezy neo-Psychedelic pop song for a summers day to take you down to the cool waters of one of the many lakes surrounding Gothenburg that has a very laid back instrumental interlude like the pine trees are rustling in the hills above you.

Sun (Turnaround) probably has more meaning in a city where you may only see it for a couple of hours a day and this slice of Byrdsian summer psych pop should put a smile on your face as you dream of all sorts of Aquavit cocktails to make with the fruits and spices on the single sleeve.

The B-side of the ep starts with All That You Can Give the sort of song that sounds like fellow Gothenburgers Hillman Lighthouse fused and refracted through a cracked Kaleidoscope of The Association crossed with Super Furry animals it’s ripe to be heard on a hot summers day while eating Lingonberry ice cream.

The ep closes with the almost chamber psych pop of In My Room that has a very cool vibe that is like the High Llamas without the metronome playing in the background a really nice song.

This single is well worth finding and should be a big summer hit find out more at www.jigsaw-records.com

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Animal Daydream at When You Motor Away

About a year ago we featured the Easy Pleasures EP, the debut recording by Gothenburg, Sweden guitar pop duoAnimal Daydream (link).  Our only complaint was that at four songs, we were left wanting more.  A year later, Daniel Fridlund Brandt and Alexander Wahl have sought to resolve our concerns with the Citrus EP, four more tracks of the kind of music that never goes out of style in my house.  What Animal Daydream does so well is absorb classic influences such as west coast jangle pop, Glasgow power pop, and ’70s soft rock and then reinterpret it in their own style.

The title track is a glorious tune that could be a jam between the Byrds and Fleetwood Mac.  “Sun (turn around)” would do Teenage Fanclub proud.  There is a Fleet Foxes vibe to “All That You Can Give”.   The closer, “In My Room”, wraps it up with a uptempo dream pop tune.  Overall, there is so much sunshine in the melodies and harmonies that I’m tempted to wear sunglasses when I play this record.

Citrus EP is out tomorrow, January 29, via Jigsaw Records as a digital download or on vinyl.  See the Bandcamp links below.  I expect that digital retailers are an option as well.

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Animal Daydream at Fear and Loathing

I remember being a little kid, agitated and bored in the backseat of our family station wagon. I was young enough not to be in school but old enough to be aware of what was around me. I would have to ride along with my mom to pick my dad up from his job. It felt like it was always gray, always cold, and everything just stood still, nothing to look forward to in the near future. I just witnessed people looking miserable, doing their daily routines and it depressed the hell out of me. Why the fuck would I want to be an adult? What a drag! What a serious fucking drag. I would escape into my head while sitting restlessly in the car, listening to the softer rock featured on AM Radio at the time. I would dream of places that had nonstop sunshine, full moons every night, and people who talked to each other about exciting things.

The radio was a friend that gave this dreary atmosphere a mysterious soundtrack, made-for-television movies about teen runaways made me feel like I possibly had a chance to go somewhere else. Those last words from the lost souls of the lost late 1970s haunted me in the early 1980s. The luminous sullenness of Fleetwood Mac, Gary Wright, and America held a darker meaning. It was the sound of neighborhood couples having affairs, going to strange parties, and losing their way in an impromptu sexual revolution.

Animal Daydream’s Citrus EP takes the soft strains of dark feelings and polishes them with a charismatic college-rock blade. The opening track “Citrus” lifts off immediately, with a contagious cocaine fluidity. The abundant harmonies and vibrant strumming bring to mind the retro daze of Fleet Foxes. The Brian Wilson bliss of “Sun (Turn Around)” has a nice touch of psychedelic expansiveness that beams into the ultraviolet buzz. “All That You Can Give” keeps the blissful flow moving along with a slight detour into folk rock balladry. Closing out this four-track collection of retro softer rock eccentricity is the choice cut, “In My Room”. This track has a serene and wired aloofness that eerily echoes the vibes of the Love classic, Forever Changes. If you’re looking for something different, then look this way.

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Animal Daydream at Bloodbuzzed

We move North to Gothenburg to meet Daniel Fridlund Brandt and Alexander Wahl, a very enigmatic duo that appeared on the scene in 2014. They have released two EPs to date, both out thanks to the always reliable Jigsaw Records, first debut ‘Easy Pleasures‘ in January 2015 and now, exactly a year later, ‘Citrus‘. Eight majestic tunes of psych-pop and sunshine pop, recalling The Byrds, the joyous side of CSNY and, looking forward in time, the poppier side of our dear Teenage Fanclub. Harmonies, chiming guitars and the smoothiest vibes from a band fated to make you smile. A pure delight.

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