Friday, February 21, 2014

Album: U137 - Dreamer On The Run

Band: U137
Album: Dreamer On The Run
Label: Deep Elm Records
Year: 2013

01. The Poet
02. Watching The Storm
03. Pearl Lakes
04. Let Me Keep This Memory
05. Varberg
06. Midsummer Field
07. Anemone
08. Sliding Doors
09. The Nostalgic Tune
10. Dreamer On The Run

From cinematic post-rock passages to catchy indie rock interludes, the ten track instrumental debut Dreamer On The Run from Swedish post-rock duo U137 (including members of post-rock foursome Moonlit Sailor) offers a unique combination of sounds glowing with a fresh energy, diversity and originality. Dreamer is the kind of album you listen to over and over again, finding something new to savor each time you listen. This chorus and crescendo here. That arc and arpeggio there. Two words sum it up: Pearl Lakes. Now that, my friends, is epic songwriting. No, wait: The Poet. Or maybe: Midsummer Field. It's all so good. The beautiful melodies and arrangements found on Dreamer are quite skillful and complex despite the seeming simplicity and familiarity of the songs themselves. With the aim of generating a feeling of pure euphoria in the listener, succeed it does...on every plane. U137 is Scandinavian artistry at the highest level.

"Oscar and I have been writing music since we were about twelve years old and we're still inspired to make music every single day. What inspires us is the thought of making THE perfect song, a timeless masterpiece of sorts. Dreamer is about as personal as an album gets. We wrote the music while living together directly after we had both ended long-term relationships. We shared the same vision about the make our listeners feel inspired. Our goal was to create music as euphoric as possible. The album title refers to those 'dreamers' among us who are 'on the run' from an ordinary, often boring, existence. We wanted to have an album cover that was clean, allowing the music to speak for itself. We named the band after the Soviet submarine which ran aground in Swedish waters during the Cold War" says Adam Tornblad.

"The debut by Deep Elm's newest treasure, Swedish duo U137, is an exceptional piece of work. Dreamer On The Run is a wonderful easy-listening gateway to the world of cinematic in textures, nuance, unexpected softness, energy and self-discipline. If you aren't somehow moved by these songs, then you aren't human. A roller coaster of emotions and sounds, Dreamer documents the saga of a deceptively deep, inspirational journey. It offers interwoven layers that together form the blissful score to any relevant matter. Dreamer refers to those who are constantly looking for an escape from the boring, from the ordinary, from the routine of our daily lives. So let the U137 carry you away to somewhere you have longed to go." - Earmilk

U137 is Adam Tornblad (guitar, bass, drums, piano, strings) and Oscar Gulbrandsen (guitar, bass, piano, strings). Both Adam and Oscar are also members of Deep Elm label mates Moonlit Sailor whose acclaimed releases include "Colors In Stereo" (2012), "So Close To Life" (2009) and "A Footprint Of Feelings" (2008). Dreamer On The Run was produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by U137 at HAV Music Studio in Boras, Sweden from February to June of 2013. Cover artwork by U137. Photo by Kristoffer Midborn. The band resides in Boras, Sweden where they often experience weeks without sunlight.

Recommended For Fans of: Lights & Motion, Moonlit Sailor, Dorena, Sigur Ros, Explosions In The Sky, Coldplay, M83, Six Parts Seven.


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