Displaying an arsenal of musical styles that other band can only dream of, the aptly-named The Imagineers conjure eclectic aural treats bearing elements of surf pop, Marricone's spaghetti western soundtracks, David Bowie, and Burt Bacharach, as well as more standard post punk indie rock on their debut LP, Utopian Dreams. It is cinematic, playful and absorbing, and we highly recommend it to anyone who likes their new music bold, inspired, ambitious and nimble. Perhaps the best analogy is that we find Utopian Dreams to be a musical set of short stories on various topics, unified by quality writing, superb execution, off-kilter perspective, and a thick Scottish accent. So for us, it is just about perfect. This is one of the better surprises of the year so far.
The Glasgow outfit was already well regarded in the UK prior to disbanding in 2013 before ever releasing an album. Frontman Steven Young then took the opportunity to travel Europe with his guitar, and apparently gathered new energy and inspiration. Upon his return to Scotland The Imagineers were resurrected with Young, Scott Forsyth (drums/percussion/backing vocals), Lee Ballard (lead guitar/backing vocals), and Marc MacCallum (bass/backing vocals) as its members.
Utopian Dreams is out now via Hit The Light Records.