- - 7/107/10
Glasgow’s current indie rock scene seems to be thriving with bands such as Pronto Mama, The Van T’s and Baby Strange all achieving summer festival slots and touring alongside current releases. The Imagineers are one of many great Glasgow acts that are back to do the same with their recently released sophomore album ‘Utopian Dreams’, out now via Hit The Light Records.
Opening the album with an upbeat dance number also entitled ‘Utopian Dreams’, the song offers a dark sombre feel whilst rhythmically whisking the track into a frenzy of indie rock guitars akin to the soundtrack of an old western movie. ‘If I See You Again’ is composed with a more relaxed tempo, incorporating a Scottish twang to Steven Young’s vocal melody, whilst ‘Black Gathers’ channels Alex Turner’s acoustic style and vocal tone with a twist.
‘Cosmic Carsick’ then crashes in soon after, turning back up the indie rock intensity to “11”, shortly followed by the soothing acoustic intro of ‘The Gallery’, supplying a certain strut and swagger that is as addictive as a Stereophonics track. The next track ‘Dare To Speak’ incorporates darker rock undertones, flipping the album upside down and offering a great sense of unpredictability.
‘Summertime Was Easy’ chimes in with its ballad-like composition and pop chord structure, once again bringing something different to an already diverse set of songs. ‘Wishing Well’ produces more of a psychedelic sound and almost leaves you in a hippy like trance. ‘We Won’t End The World’ once again fuses edgy rock ’n’ roll with 60’s psychedelic undertones that sit beautifully under Young’s vocals, whilst ‘Californian’s Drive All Day (In The Sunshine)’ offers a more upbeat rendition of this.
‘The Spell’ embraces yet more sombre indie rock, with guitar melodies full of tremolo that ring out over the entirety of the track. ‘The Man In The Silver Space Suit’ could easily be a part of a Ziggy Stardust album, enforcing pop rock as the main feature throughout the album, even though there is so much fusion to take note of. The beautifully composed ‘Love Song For Aliens’ concludes the album, moving the listener to a laid back sway and is very much so a song that you could hold your lighter up to.
The Imagineers have created something incredibly diverse here, but at the same time sticking to their roots and producing music that they know and love. The album’s characteristics shine through each individual track and offer something for everyone into all types of indie rock.
‘Utopian Dreams’ by The Imagineers is out now via Hit The Light Records.