Daniel Land’s first album of songs, Love Songs For The Chemical Generation, released under the name Daniel Land & The Modern Painters, was called "One of the finest shoegaze tinged records of its time" by Drowned In Sound, and "Like Slowdive reimagined by Phil Spector" by the NME. The album is now widely considered to be a classic of the shoegaze genre, although Daniel remains, in the words of The Skinny, a "dreampop cult hero", known only to the shoegaze cognoscenti.
Daniel has also released a series of atmospheric landscape music as riverrun, and has collaborated with artists as varied as The Steals, Bing Satellites, Ask For Joy, and the German electronica genius Ulrich Schnauss. Daniel was also a member of the dream-pop supergroup Engineers, around the time of their third album In Praise of More.
Lauded by Guy Garvey, Marc Radliffe, Tom Robinson, and many others, he makes the kind of music that, in the words of BBC Radio 1's Rob Da Bank, "You can't help think the late John Peel would have loved".
Completely out of fashion with the popular music of today, bearing no relation to anything else being made. And I love it to pieces.
- THE LINE OF BEST FIT
His voice soars, like the spawn of Liz Fraser and Antony Hegarty in space. This is the sort of thing Daniel Land & the Modern Painters make you write. They should feel deeply ashamed.
- THE GUARDIAN
A dazzling array of atmospheric, mesmerising excursions, serves up a whole range of twists and turns with every subsequent listen.
- DROWNED IN SOUND
It's great, is that. Proper shoegaze. I love that.
- GUY GARVEY, BBC RADIO 6
The sort of stripped down, laid back sound employed by bands like Mojave 3, but with the gauzey textures of the Cocteau Twins.
- TOM ROBINSON, BBC RADIO 6
- ROB DA BANK, BBC RADIO 1
Like Spiritualized with added goosebumps, or My Bloody Valentine given a bucolic country-pop makeover. Expect these gorgeous shoegaze anthems to quietly sneak up on you and steal your heart.
- CITY LIFE
Without doubt, one of the city's most underrated songwriters.
- DROWNED IN MANCHESTER
Be it the magnificently climbing lines of melodic lead guitar that bring every track to some sort of shamanic ecstasy, or the subtle, effects laden cloud of sound that he creates by vibrating the guitar... when you see someone who has such an understanding of the sonic depths of what the instrument is truly capable of, it’s a rare and wondrous thing.
- MANCHESTER MUSIC
Like Elbow taken even more widescreen. It channels the Cocteau Twins, but more than anything, it sounds like Scarlett Johansson's album, which makes sense since Scarlett sings like a boy and Daniel sings like a girl.