10 for 2011: #9 – Daniel Land and the Modern Painters

By on Thursday, 2nd December 2010 at 11:00 am

Last month, we asked you to vote for the top 10 artists you thought would be big in 2011. For the band you voted to the #9 position, we head up north…

When profiling Daniel Land and the Modern Painters as a New Band of the Day in September 2008, the Guardian described their music as “slow and stately, soporific and somnolent, like a sonic cathedral moving majestically through the icy fjörds of the frozen north”. Not exactly ringing praise, which is a shame because I don’t think the description does the band’s sound justice. You’re always walking on eggshells when you’re talking about a band from Manchester because of its golden musical heritage. But there is something timeless in songs like ‘Love Lies Bleeding’, recalling the heady days of shoegaze, for those of you like me who are old enough to remember. Washy guitars and dreamy vocals – they are here.

For those of you that this does not apply to, you will find that the guitars in this band at times sound like current act School of Seven Bells; this comparison is made all the more interesting that Sonic Cathedral, the same band that put out SVIIB’s single ‘My Cabal’ in 2007 is also associated with Daniel Land and the Modern Painters. Below, enjoy a sparse rehearsal version of ‘Benjamin’s Room’, one of the many great tracks on the band’s debut album, ‘Love Songs For The Chemical Generation LP’, released on Saint Cecilia Records last month.


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