DANIEL PALMQVIST - A Landscape Made From Dreams
European Import : LMC177
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Andreas Olsson (bass)
Kaspar Dahlqvist (keyboards)
Andreas Lindahl (keyboards)
Made From Dreams is the debut album from Swedish guitar
maestro Daniel Palmqvist. The music is a collection of 12
sonic tapestries that are diverse in styles yet combine
to make a truly cohesive body of work guaranteed to appeal
to non-guitar players as well as their stringed counterparts.
Palmqvists approach to the instrument is inspired
by the likes of Eric Johnson, Yngwie Malmsteen, Allan Holdsworth,
Pat Metheny, Steve Lukather, Dan Huff and Kee Marcello,
Daniels playing combines the technical proficiency
of the above with a strong dose of melody to make his own
unique voice. On songwriting inspiration Daniels states,
For some of the songs I had a clear idea of a certain
feeling or mood that I wanted to get across to the listener.
On other songs I started out with a mental image, or as
in one case, just a quote from a movie. Then sometimes I
just get a melody or a riff in my head and go for it.
A Landscape Made From Dreams was written over
a 2 ½ month period spread out over the winter of
2005 and the spring of 2006. Daniel Palmqvist and producer
Daniel Flores (Minds Eye) worked on and off during
this time due to their activities outside this project.
The basic rhythm tracks where recorded in about two weeks
in Floress Sound Vs Science studios, and
then all lead guitars at Palmqvists studio Landscapes
Made From Dreams studios towards the end of this period.
Mats Lindfors mastered the album at MasterRoom. On the aim
of the album Daniel comments, The most important thing
for me was to make an album of interesting songs, with thought
through arrangements and memorable melodies that would appeal
to both guitar players and non-musicians alike. Of course,
the guitar playing is very important to me, but I enjoy
good guitar playing in a context of good music, so the songs
were my main priority. Ive sometimes found myself
fast-forwarding to get to the solo when I listen to instrumental
rock guitar albums, but I hope theses songs will capture
the listeners imagination and take them on a musical journey,
as well as delivering a heavy dosage of cool guitar stuff...
Providing the musical support to Daniels guitar work
is the previously mentioned Daniel Flores on drums, and
his Minds Eye partner bassist Johann Niemann. Palmqvist
comments, They both are fantastic players, long-time
friends and their experience and musical input really helped
the songs come alive. In addition Andreas Olsson (Narnia,
Rob Rock) contributed with his excellent bass playing on
two of the tracks.
Daniel also had the privilege of having three guest keyboard soloists. The very melodic and tasteful Johannes Stöle (Pedestrians Of Blue, Orange Crush) plays a great keyboard solo on the song Behind The Mirror and a beautiful organ solo on If Things Where Different. Kaspar Dahlqvist (Dionysus) performs a fantastic solo on Moment Of Clarity, a player with a great sense of melody and a distinctive personal voice. Finally on the title track Andreas Lindahl (session keyboard player) shows up with a stunning keyboard solo, rhythmically interesting and performed with amazing technique.