Daniel Palmqvist | A landscape Made from Dreams

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A landscape Made from Dreams

by Daniel Palmqvist

A Landscape Made From Dreams’ is the debut album from Swedish guitar maestro Daniel Palmqvist. The music is a collection of 12 sonic tapestries that are diverse in styles yet combine to make a truly cohesive body of work guaranteed to appeal to non-guita
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2. Devil's Dance
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3. Moment Of Clarity
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4. If Things Were Different
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5. Riddle Me This
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6. Carte Blanche
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7. After The Rain
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8. Truffle Shuffle
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9. Behind The Mirror
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10. Song For Pongo
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11. Words Of Wisdom
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12. Landscape Made From Dreams (Farewell)
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‘A Landscape Made From Dreams’ is the debut album from Swedish guitar maestro Daniel Palmqvist. The music is a collection of 12 sonic tapestries that are diverse in styles yet combine to make a truly cohesive body of work guaranteed to appeal to non-guitar players as well as their stringed counterparts.Palmqvist’s approach to the instrument is inspired by the likes of Eric Johnson, Yngwie Malmsteen, Allan Holdsworth, Pat Metheny, Steve Lukather, Dan Huff and Kee Marcello, Daniel’s playing combines the technical proficiency of the above with a strong dose of melody to make his own unique voice. On songwriting inspiration Daniel’s states, “For some of the songs I had a clear idea of a certain feeling or mood that I wanted to get across to the listener. On other songs I started out with a mental image, or as in one case, just a quote from a movie. Then sometimes I just get a melody or a riff in my head and go for it.”‘A Landscape Made From Dreams’ was written over a 2 ½ month period spread out over the winter of 2005 and the spring of 2006. Daniel Palmqvist and producer Daniel Flores (Mind’s Eye) worked on and off during this time due to their activities outside this project. The basic rhythm tracks where recorded in about two weeks in Flores’s “Sound Vs Science studios”, and then all lead guitars at Palmqvist’s studio “Landscapes Made From Dreams studios” towards the end of this period. Mats Lindfors mastered the album at MasterRoom.On the aim of the album Daniel comments, “The most important thing for me was to make an album of interesting songs, with thought through arrangements and memorable melodies that would appeal to both guitar players and non-musicians alike. Of course, the guitar playing is very important to me, but I enjoy good guitar playing in a context of good music, so the songs were my main priority. I’ve sometimes found myself fast-forwarding to get to the solo when I listen to instrumental rock guitar albums, but I hope theses songs will capture the listeners imagination and take them on a musical journey, as well as delivering a heavy dosage of cool guitar stuff...”Providing the musical support to Daniel’s guitar work is the previously mentioned Daniel Flores on drums, and his Mind’s Eye partner bassist Johann Niemann. Palmqvist comments, “They both are fantastic players, long-time friends and their experience and musical input really helped the songs come alive”. In addition Andreas Olsson (Narnia, Rob Rock) contributed with his excellent bass playing on two of the tracks.Daniel also had the privilege of having three guest keyboard soloists. The very melodic and tasteful Johannes Stöle (Pedestrians Of Blue, Orange Crush) plays a great keyboard solo on the song “Behind The Mirror” and a beautiful organ solo on “If Things Where Different”. Kaspar Dahlqvist (Dionysus) performs a fantastic solo on “Moment Of Clarity”, a player with a great sense of melody and a distinctive personal voice. Finally on the title track Andreas Lindahl (session keyboard player) shows up with a stunning keyboard solo, rhythmically interesting and performed with amazing technique.


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Mikolaj Furmankiewicz

Daniel Palmqvist - A Landscape Made From Dreams
More and more I believe in a thesis that Swedish people are most musical nation in the world. The greatest proof of it is a number of many releases from Sweden that have landed in my CD player in recent years. I looked around when an unknown figure emerged from round the corner, haha. Obviously, it was Daniel and I decided to watch him closer a little bit.

He started playing classical guitar at the age of eleven, and his teacher was Johnny Ohlin famous for such bands like Nation and Swedish group - Dionysus. Just Johnny encouraged Daniel to pick up the electric guitar. Then all things went on in a way typical of virtuosos: graduation from music school of Uppsala and Stockholm and Musicians Institute of California, where he studied under Scott Henderson's and Allen Hinds' guidance. Then he joined a progmetal band Scuderio, next moved to a rock band Orange Crush. Once he came across Daniel Flores and started to cooperate with him.

The debut album of Swedish guitarist includes many well-known artists: mentioned Daniel Flores (Mind's Eye, Xsavior, Tears Of Anger), Johan Niemann (Therion, Mind's Eye, Tears Of Anger), Mistheria (Bruce Dickinson, Rob Rock), Andreas Olsson (Narnia, Stormwind, Rob Rock), Johannes Stöle (Pedestrian Of Blue, Orange Crush) and Kaspar Dahlqvist (Dionysus). Such a line-up had a great influence on the final result. Palmqvist's music can be smoothly described as instrumental art rock with movies' accents. There is truly the only one heavier (progmetal) track called "Carte Blanche". Some blues rock elements were smuggled to "Truffle Shuffle". Most of compositions on the album are kept at mid-tempo.

A Swede's debut should take a fancy to the fans of such musicians like Allan Holdsworth, Pat Metheny, Eric Johnson, and - of younger generation - Patrik Carlsson, Edward Box and Neil Zaza. Instrumental progressive rock in Palmqvist's rendition is very calm and served in accessible form, so its positive reception shouldn't cause any problems.