Unveiling Vulnerability: Daniel Land’s ‘Another Year Older’ Pours Heart Into Indie-Pop Delight
English shoegaze maestro Daniel Land, celebrated as a “Dream-Pop Cult Hero,” returns with Another Year Older, an emotionally charged indie-pop gem extracted from his forthcoming album Out of Season.
Another Year Older captivates with its intimate indie-shoegaze allure, weaving a tapestry of personal nostalgia and heartfelt reminiscences. Daniel Land, known for his sonic prowess, opens up about this venture into more familiar terrain, exploring themes of memory, desire, and relationships. Shedding his past penchant for vocal reverb, Land boldly positions his vocals and lyrics at the forefront, drawing inspiration from the unfiltered honesty of modern queer poetry, as exemplified by writers such as Ocean Voung, Andrew McMillan, and Andrew Hahn.
Land’s music path began with the lauded Love Songs For The Chemical Generation, under the moniker Daniel Land & The Modern Painters. Despite remaining a Dream-Pop Cult Hero in the eyes of The Skinny, the release of Out of Season may well propel him into a broader musical spotlight.
Scheduled for release on limited-edition Deep-Sea Green vinyl on January 26, 2024, Out of Season promises to be Daniel Land’s magnum opus. The album serves as a poignant exploration of history, memory, and post-Brexit Britain, drawing inspiration from Land’s return to the rugged, underpopulated west coast of Somerset, where he began crafting the album in 2019. The creative process unfolded in a static caravan overlooking the coast, paralleling the tumultuous period when the UK grappled with its relationship to Europe.
Beyond his musical endeavors, Daniel Land has evolved into both a scholar and practitioner of his craft. Pursuing a PhD at the London College of Music on artists like the Cocteau Twins, he collaborates with fellow musicians such as Darkher and Siobhan De Mare. Currently immersed in writing a memoir on homophobia, Land embodies a multifaceted commitment to his art.
In a genre often criticized for its detachment from reality, Daniel Land stands as a pioneer, utilizing shoegaze’s sonic palette to embark on an outward-looking exploration of memory, identity, and desire.
His meticulous approach and steadfast vision set him apart as an auteur in the music landscape. With accolades from notable figures like Mark Radcliffe, Guy Garvey, and Tom Robinson, Daniel Land crafts music that, in the words of BBC Radio 1’s Rob Da Bank, “The late John Peel would have loved.”