The Imagineers: Utopian Dreams – exclusive album premiere

Exclusive premiere: listen to The Imagineers new album right now

Listen to an exclusive stream of The Imagineers' debut album now

Glasgow's The Imagineers are back, and they're bringing their debut album with them. Utopian Dreams is out on Tue 2 May via Hit the Light Records, and it's a slice of west coast surf pop goodness.

Their naturally-cinematic style creates a filmscape feel to the LP, which isn't surprising when you learn lead singer Steven Young took off on some travels after the original line-up parted ways four years ago.

'Most of the album was written over a couple of years, while journeying through mainland Europe. The song topics are extremely varied, it goes from lust to heart break, to space/time travel, to themes of artificial intelligence – its a mad trip. We never really had any preconceived idea of what we wanted to do, it naturally evolved and became something unique, I don't know of any other record that sounds like it.'

After playing with musicians across the continent, Utopian Dreams began to come together, with a distinctly filmic feel. If the likes of The Growlers' LA slink, or Ben Folds' refined affability appeal to your aural urges, this one's for you.

'There's a lot of different flavours running through it. I think its impossible to tie it down to a specific genre. Ninety percent of the music was recorded in someone's living room in Glasgow. We also spent a couple of years recording it, which was a refreshing approach, usually working in the big studios in the past we'd be working to time constraints, so I feel we'd been left with something that has a lot of depth, and maturity.'

Listen to the full album below...

The Imagineers play Cafe Drummond, Aberdeen, Sat 6 May; Bar 15, Dundee, Sat 13 May; Hootananny, Inverness, Sat 27 May; Utopian Dreams launch party is at Stereo, Glasgow, Fri 19 May.

The Imagineers

Surf rockers rather than Disney employees, the Glasgow four-piece play blissed-out, melodic, west coast sounds.

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