March 10th 2014 will see the release of Lapland's stunning debut album.
Born in a tiny half-bedroom in Brooklyn, Mease has always found comfort in the solitude of his own thoughts, often preferring the landscapes within his mind's eye over the bustle of the city that surrounds him.
Lapland's UK single 'Where did it go' (released March 10th) showcases Mease's knack for mixing various genres. One can hear the effect of the myriad of music styles and genres that have shaped Lapland - Early synth pioneers of the 60´s and 70´s, French Impressionists like Ravel and Debussy, and 1970´s staples like Fleetwood Mac.
Lapland was born in a tiny half-bedroom in Brooklyn, where Josh Mease - who IS Lapland - had always found comfort in the solitude of his own thoughts, often preferring the landscapes within his mind's eye over the bustle of the city that surrounded him.
Perhaps this self-imposed isolation is why Lapland has such an introspective tone. Themes of separation and loss are woven throughout the album, from the percolating electronic gallop of the opening track, "Unwise", to the blue-eyed soul of "Aeroplane", to the acoustic haze and layered harmonies of "Overboard", Mease always keeps things interesting. One can hear the effect of the myriad of music styles and genres that informed Lapland - early synth pioneers of the 60´s and 70´s, and 1970s staples like Fleetwood Mac.
Mixing styles is not new for Mease. He grew up in Texas where his childhood love of rock and country evolved into studying jazz guitar. After moving to New York, he eventually shifted his focus from playing jazz to singing and writing songs. This transformation gives Mease a unique approach to songwriting, and his work has earned him fans not only in indie circles but also in jazz, R&B, and classical music as well. Expect dates from Lapland in the UK later in 2014.
His debut, self-titled album comes out on the same date.
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