Watch the video for New York Boogie-Woogie by dreampop cult hero Daniel Land
His first new material following a three-year hiatus, New York Boogie-Woogie is taken from forthcoming new album In Love With a Ghost. Comprising black and white footage of the city that never sleeps, the video was shot by Land himself. Beautifully-framed nighttime scenes are lit up by cars, lamp posts, neon signs and bar lamps, illuminating the commonplace and providing a perfectly poignant mirror to the song's sweetly understated melody.
Largely known for his work with backing band The Modern Painters, and as a member of London shoegazers Engineers between 2010 and 2014, Daniel Land's 2009 Love Songs for the Chemical Generation is regarded as something of a cult classic among dreampop cognoscenti. He has collaborated with electro-gaze producer (and fellow Engineers alumni) Ulrich Schnauss, and also creates ambient music under the name Riverrun. In Love With A Ghost is the fourth album under his own name, and represents a thematic and musical detour from his earlier work.
"This is an album about cities," he says. "It is an album about reinvention, and starting your life over. It is an album about growing up, finding love, and settling down. And to a lesser degree, it is about the damage that can be done to a person, or a family, by falling in love with the wrong person."
The album was recorded during a period of illness, which left Land considering whether he wanted to continue making music at all.
"Unable to make music, and living in a new city made me feel, at times, powerfully depressed," he explains. "This became a crisis of confidence that went very deep and it did seem, for a while, that I would never find my way back to making music again. Finishing the album was a process that involved re-evaluating my life and overhauling my relationship to music, and coming out of the other side more healthy, more humble, and more grateful. It's good to be back again."
In Love With a Ghost is released on 25 Nov