This 5xCD box set from Cherry Red offers a compelling look at shoegaze's prime era. Still in a Dream takes a wide trawl approach to its genre, which has upsides and downsides. As with Rhino’s goth box A Life Less Lived, shoegaze is generously interpreted to include antecedents and formative influences, which bulks up the quality.
As a narrative tale, the way the Emil Brandqvist Trio has evolved reads like a dream come true. The current chapter is appropriately titled “Within A Dream”, the fourth album they have recorded on SKIP Records. Plenty of attention has been bestowed upon the ensemble lined up around drummer Emil Brandqvist from Gothenburg, Sweden: an ECHO JAZZ nomination, Longlist for the German Music Critics’ Award and, most recently, a No. 7 ranking on the German Jazz Charts for the preceding album, “Falling Crystals”. Enthusiastically received gigs at the Palatia Jazz and Gezeitenkonzerte festivals, numerous sold-out club concerts and a series of joint appearances together with Max Moor in the course of Jazz & Literature events have ensured that they are first-tier players in Germany when talk revolves around the piano trio genre. The audience feedback at the jazzahead! trade fair & festival 2017 in Bremen verified that their performance made a distinct mark on the entire scheduled showcase program. The result: a big bunch of booking queries, but this time from abroad. And the facts: live appearances at the Conversations Festival in Ireland, “Jazz Au Plateau Picard” in Paris, and the Nordic Culture Festival in Seoul enabled the trio to convince on an international scale, too.
Released in 2013 under the name ME AND MY KITES, 'Like a Dream Back Then' was a collaborative effort headed by David Smedmyr (OUR SOLAR SYSTEM, LÜÜP) and comprised of fellow Swedish acts LISA O PIU, LIFE ON EARTH!, ANNAMY, PROMISE AND THE MONSTER, CIRRUS WINERY, A, JENNIE STABIS, LAIKE, SIRI KARLSON and LOST IN RICK'S WARDROBE. The album is a throwback to a couple generations of Swedish psychedelia and folk with sometimes vague pop aspirations. The music will likely appeal to all manner of progressive and weird music fans. The group has made several live appearances post album release.