After a steady stream of EPs, it has taken a while for Daniel Land & The Modern Painters’ first album to be produced. Indeed, ‘Love Songs For The Chemical Generation’ has been two years in the making but don’t be alarmed by the title. Although Land and his band mates are ex-ravers, it is only their music which searches for a form of ecstacy.
Land claims that their music is only partially shoegaze but it’s hard to describe it as anything but. Country guitar makes a significant contribution to ‘Glitterball’ and ‘Smiling In Slow Motion’ but those familiar “walls of sound” are all too apparent. Some songs shine through; the languid charms of ‘Locust’ and ‘Run Silent’ making up a satisfyingly mellifluous mid-section. ‘Codeine’ ambles along in the manner of Slowdive’s early songs and ‘Off Your Face Again’ benefits from a more aggressive rhythm section.
At seventy minutes, the album is unquestionably too long with most of the songs merging into the next like superior background music. Yet the record certainly has its moments to counter the times when it becomes too indulgent.
Slowdive, Ulrich Schnauss, Engineers