Charlie Nieland rolled out a new LP, Divisions.
As well as a new video to accompany a track off that album, The Land of Accidents, directed by NYC-based multi-faceted artist Hypnodoll.
Do I like this album?
Vis-a-vis yes, yes!!
Is it available on Apple Music?
What about Spotify?
Can I listen to the album on Bandcamp?
Can you tell me more about Charlie Nieland?
Charlie Nieland’s musical backstory is extensive, having written and produced material with such notable artists as Debbie Harry, Rufus Wainwright, Dead Leaf Echo, Blondie and Scissor Sisters. He scored the feature film ‘The Safety of Objects’ (starring Glenn Close), the pilot episode of ‘The L Word’ on Showtime and the VH-1documentary’ NY77: The Coolest Year in Hell’. Charlie was awarded a Gold record (UK) for his production work on Blondie’s ‘Greatest Hits Sight & Sound’ and achieved a Top 10 Billboard Dance Chart Position with Debbie Harry’s single ‘Two Times Blue’, which he co-wrote and produced.
Nieland also played power dream pop with the band Her Vanished Grace for over 20 years before establishing himself as a solo artist with a mix of nuanced songwriting and sonic exploration. He is currently half of the literature-inspired songwriting and performing duo Lusterlit with Susan Hwang.
Wow, Charlie has been a busy man, hasn’t he?
I’ll give a Charlie, Charlie to that.
Can Charlie tell us more about this album?
Charlie, Charlie, yes, yes he can.
“As the pandemic took hold, so did my plan to produce ‘Divisions’, and I began a listening expedition through my inspirations, from The Beatles to Yes, Cocteau Twins to Interpol, Peter Gabriel to Blur, U2 and The Flaming Lips. I wanted these tracks to be mini-epics, where you hear something new every time you listen. I started recording in my apartment this summer and reached out to drummer Brian Geltner and cellist Patricia Santos, who recorded their parts at home and shared them with me,” explains Charlie Nieland.
“As restrictions lifted, I started a marathon tracking process at my studio that included violinist Heather Cole, both Susan Hwang from my band Lusterlit and Billy Loose from Her Vanished Grace on drums and Susan on backup vocals. I called into service all my instruments, from lap steel to 6 and 12 string electric and acoustic guitars; fretless, fretted, and eight-string basses; analog synths, virtual mellotrons, TR-808s and more. This whirlwind journey is heard here in the obsessive and passionate, surreal and visceral, dream-like progressive rock and the dream pop of Divisions”.
Thanks that tells me a lot about both Charlie Nieland and his album Divisions. But did you like it?
I most certainly did like it.
Is this album excellent to listen to while puttering about the house or working on a project?
It most certainly is. I listened to it repeatedly while writing this project.
How about whilst working on a hobby? Building diorama’s for example?
Divisions is perfect for that. The dream-pop floats out and envelopes the listener while doing almost any activity. I maybe wouldn’t recommend it for some tasks such as flying aeroplanes or driving a race car. However, for everyday activities, I can’t recommend this album enough.
Where can I find more information?
Keep up with Charlie Nieland
‘The Land of Accidents’ https://youtu.be/Ydo_QHH5GSU
‘Divisions’ single https://youtu.be/5ppmzFqLyJM
‘Another Night on Earth’ https://youtu.be/tV97FMQFtE0