“…fuses strident indie songwriting with
ambitious, widescreen arrangements." -
Eclectic Scottish four-piece The Imagineers make a welcome return as they gear up for their forthcoming album release Utopian Dreams, out on 2nd May 2017 via Hit The Light Records.
The album is full of melodic twists and turns throughout; taking in elements of west coast surf, baroque pop, and singer songwriter, giving the album a film score feel. However, there is no denying a clear brill building pop inspiration and the band’s unique take on it, creating a sonic storyboard that could have starred the likes of Burt Bacharach and David Bowie, orchestrated by Ennio Morricone. The Imagineers have endeavoured to create an intriguing sound akin to The Growlers combined with a storytelling quality that would make Ben Folds proud. Lead singer Steven Young’s (vocals, guitar) undeniable Scottish twang, as well as the band’s natural cinematic flare, mean that The Imagineers have created a sound uniquely their own.
After the original band members parted ways in 2013, Steven travelled Europe with his guitar in tow, finding new inspiration by playing with various musicians around rural Spain, France and Italy. Eventually, Utopian Dreams was created as the record began to take shape. With Scott Forsyth (drums, percussion, backing vocals), Lee Ballard (lead guitar, backing vocals) and Marc MacCallum (bass, backing vocals) added to the ranks, The Imagineers were officially reborn.
The band appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in 2012, before receiving praise from an array of publications including The Scotsman, The Skinny, The Daily Record, The Evening Times, Clash Magazine, Tenement TV, Gigslutz and RockShot Magazine as well as performing live at festivals such as T in The Park and Wickerman.
Utopian Dreams by The Imagineers is out on 2nd May 2017 via Hit The Light Records.