Inland Traveller is the debut album from Scandinavian quintet Isolation Years.
The band, from Umeå in northern Sweden, employs a wide array of traditional folk (accordion, saw, mandolin) and rock instrumentation (vocals, guitar, bass, drums) and filters their songs through an elemental and psychedelic spiritualism.
The band's unswerving attention to depth and detail within a song, along with vocalist Jakob Nystrom's haunting voice and arcane lyrical imagery, recall some of finest folksingers alive today. Is he singing about alien abduction or Armageddon...or just winter?
For fans of American Music Club, Neutral Milk Hotel, and the early albums by The Soundtrack of Our Lives, with broad hints of The Beatles, Neil Young, Calexico, and Bright Eyes to boot.
Comes With A Smile: "A supercharged, overdriven debut album from a new breed of northern cowboys, all angst-ridden pomposity and chaotic, paranoid lyrical imagery& Chock-full of immediate hooks and rousing performances, what really gets you however, is the fine careful delivery on a track like "Cold Morning In Minusinsk", which sounds a bit like that other Scandinavian country-preacher, St. Thomas, on a really good day. A song like "Talkin' Backward Masking Blues" could single-handedly revive the trombone's position in modern day music, while closing track "Green On White" is a piece of full-on country psychedelia, enough to scare the pants off of most people but Alejandro Escovedo. Yes, it's that good."
Aversion: "Like a bunch of cowboys spinning on peyote, Beatles and Neutral Milk Hotel albums, Isolation Years ties up its blend of styles tighter than NORAD headquarters. A rollicking, folksy head trip filled with touches of everything from classic pop (helped along by the legendary Swedish propensity for the style) to touches of bluegrass that'd send the Telluride recreationists up the wall, Inland Traveller boasts a style few bands can match."