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Youngteam: Daydreamer (2011)Northern Star Records
“A daydream is a visionary fantasy, especially one of happy thoughts, hopes or ambitions, imagined as coming to pass, and experienced while awake.”Sometimes, album titles appear to simply have the function of sticking in the potential buyer’s head. Sometimes, album titles seem to be totally unimaginative. In some cases, however, the title of an album is an aptronym, a name that displays what you are about to experience when you listen to this album. And Youngteam’s DAYDREAMER is one of them, inviting its listener to a daydream to remember.Starting off with single guitar notes the first song then turns into a phenomenal, epic, almost pompous intro, featuring sounds that make you think you’re sitting right in the middle of a huge orchestra. By doing this, the quartet from Stockholm build a base frame for their debut and lure you through the door and down the rabbit hole that leads to their daydream you’ll get to share.The intro subsides, the door flings open and after a spheric start we enter the scenery of the album’s title track, which is as crisp as a beautiful Swedish winter morning. The swelling guitars, groovy bassline and happy organ melt into each other and result in a blend that certainly has its almost classical psychedelic portions, but at the same time reaches a degree of light-footedness that could almost be described as ‘poppy’, but in a good sense.Another fluent passage and we reach a deeper dream level with ‘Your Love’, the lyrics“I’m lost in this world, lost inbetween” hinting at the speaker’s and listener’s state of mind of being lost in this dreamworld.The hammering drums and distorted guitars may remind one of bands such as A Place To Bury Strangers, but Youngteam won’t let you get away with at least partly getting back to a beautiful melody before they shift up another gear. And so it continues throughout the album, ‘My Only Friend’ depicting a bit of campfire mentality with its slightly folky approach of acoustic guitars, but such gloomy lyrics as “My only friend, he left too soon”.A definite highlight on DAYDREAMER is ‘Northern Star’, which, the band being signed on Northern Star Records, one might guess to be a tribute to said label. This song starts out as something Anton Newcombe would be proud of, then leads you back to realms of Ride songs, before you realise that Youngteam have you on their very own hook.This effect is upheld through ‘Not from here’, whose intense drumming certainly makes you come to the conclusion that it might definitely not be ‘from here’, and ‘Summertime’, which conjures images of a far distant summer yet to come.‘Introducing Mr. Gladstone’ doesn’t only introduce you to said man, but also kickstarts a small trip to the 80s by featuring some very distinctive drum pad sounds.The journey ends with ‘Goodybe’, which readopts the intro’s motif and thereby closes the circle of our foray with a most distinctive impression reverberating in your conscienceIt is a pity somehow that the vocals on DAYDREAMER never really get too close to you, resounding, always being distant, sometimes challenging your ears to make out the lyrics, but on the other hand this really gives you the impression that the vocals can best be compared to a voice talking to you in a dream.If you like to get lost in a wall of sounds but at the same time still have a lovely melody to cling on to, DAYDREAMER should be to your liking. By its supposed borrowing or rather inspirations of said bands you’ll get the feeling of listening to something potentially long-known, but DAYDREAMER is certainly much more than that, displaying a unique sound experience.
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