Press for Lapland
"Lapland, like so many of the best acts these days, is the cause célèbre, the raison d'être, of a boy with a dream, a male solo artist with a singular vision and the musical ambition - and talent - to realise it....What can we say? Album of the year, so far."
- The Guardian (UK)
"With those relaxed vocals carrying the theme and an intricate knack for carving a song from whatever materials he has allowed himself, it’s an album that stands apart from those obvious similar acts, but one which those who favour their rock soft and their folk with a pinch of pop will want in their collection." (8 out of 10)
- The Line of Best Fit (UK)
"Knock-out songs, somewhere between Fleetwood Mac and Burt Bacharach" (5 out of 5)
- The Arts Desk (UK)
"A collection of gentle,dream-like songs, all written and played by Lapland mainman Josh Mease, which gradually ease their way under the skin." (4 Stars)
- The Sunday Express (UK)
"His multi-faceted approach to production gives him the leeway to combine seemingly incongruous sounds into something that not only fits together perfectly but feels emotionally resonant and inclusive toward the listener. Drawing on artists like The Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac, as well as classical composers like Debussy and Ravel, Mease never allows his focus to stagnate and maintains an acute eye toward composition even when treading across multiple genres—many times within the same song."
- Beats Per Minute
"Josh Mease’s smooth voice fills out his mixes with dense background vocals, and there is a certain timelessness to the shape of his melodies. The full and dreamy production transports the listener to a space and time far from the chaos of the city, notwithstanding the unusual electronic effects. Think Grizzly Bear with some Boards of Canada mixed in."
- The Deli Magazine
"Lyrics cast afloat upon billowing seas of dreamy textures, it seems hard to believe that everything you're hearing is almost solely the work of Mease and yet with the exception of the drums that's exactly what's happening....But the more impressive feat is how all of Mease's various loves and influences are alchemized in not only an intriguing personal style but also one that manages to be remarkably understated."
- All Around Sound
"It is, if anything, an even stronger and stranger record than Wilderness, full of burbling electronic textures, prettily strummed guitars, eerie harmonies, and bleak lyrics about failed romance. It’s a woozily atmospheric record, but one grounded in the sort of musical foundation that any pop fan or jazz musician would recognize."
- Texas Monthly
Press from Josh Mease’s previous album Wilderness
“Josh Mease has put together one of the strongest debuts I’ve heard this year….Wilderness is beautifully crafted with some lovely melodies and harmonies. Mease has a warm and distinctive voice, and a real ear for arrangements that sound lush without becoming too cluttered. It’s the kind of album I can fall in love with from the opening notes of the first track.”
- NPR All Songs Considered
“Some very good music went down…And Mr. Mease, who seems to love the intimacy and chord changes in Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson’s work, made his case with music that kept alternately settling you and waking up your ear through harmony.”
- New York Times
“In such work, arrangements are crucial, and Mease resists the temptation to add clutter. Even when the setting seems fancy, with clavinet and backing choirs, the recording is spare—he is confident in his songs.”
- TimeOut New York
“Heavily reverbed piano, guitar arpeggios, fluttering synths, walls of wordless backing vocals and jazz-inspired chord changes produce a heady brew….[D]ebuts this promising are rare”
- Paste Magazine