Album review: Lapland - Lapland

PUBLISHED: 07:30 13 March 2014 | UPDATED: 14:27 13 March 2014

Lapland - Lapland

Lapland - Lapland

Archant

Josh Mease’s introspective, ambient pop proves there’s more to Lapland than reindeer and a bearded jolly man.

From a tiny half-bedroom in Brooklyn, New York, Josh Mease blocked out the hustle and bustle of the metropolis to look within when cooking up this latest batch of songs.

The Texas-born, jazz-trained muso not only lends his tissue-soft, balm-smooth vocals to this eponymous record but plays every one of the myriad instruments too.

Although he concentrates on pop ditties rather than extended jams, they’re all couched in introspection and themes of loss and regret. It’s the music that lifts these sorry tales – be it the European waltz of Fountains or pretty-yet-mournful Memory, there’s always plenty going on.

And wherever you turn, luscious warm layers of instrumentation have Mease’s lightly fey, echoed vocals lacquered over the top.

The variety continues as Unwise gallops timidly into view, a soothing electronic burble beneath a gentle mist of regretful lyrics, while Drink Me Dry is contrarily upbeat, sparkling with dewy synth piano notes and strummed acoustic guitar.

His is a hazy, heavy-lidded ambient pop that’s a delight on the ears and soothes the soul.

Rating: 3/5 stars

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