Emil Landman was present in these pages with his debut album over one and a half year ago. His new album was gathering digital dust for a while, but decided to push its way forward any way. This proved to be the right decision as Landman made an extremely pleasant album to listen to. Singer-songwriter songs in a pop coated flavour. Mostly small, modest but full of a quality that is not to be ignored, with a pleasant surprise here and there.
In my review of 'Colours And Their Things' I compared Landman to Shane Alexander. In 2016 I'm going to compare him to another hidden treasure of Los Angeles, Patrick Joseph. Emil Landman has the same soft-spoken directness Patrick Joseph has. That quality of pushing himself forward without extreme assertiveness, both on the quality of the songs and modesty.
Looking at the album as a whole, I have the impression that Emil Landman is flexing his wings. To make sure they don't get clipped early on in his career, he is trying out different styles. That includes a poppy, indie rock kind of song like 'Twisted Over You'. With a hard driven acoustic guitar just playing bass notes at a frantic pace the song is different from the rest. Harsher. Not that it is my favourite song on the album, it works in this context and may be the pleasant up tempo song at live shows.
An Unexpected View is a nice next step in Emil Landman's career. One in which he explores different kind of songs and finds his way in them. From up tempo rockers to 60s oriented songs like 'All The Same' or Jack Johnson influenced 'Remain In The Light In Your Eyes'. They fit him and together make a solid album.
You can listen to 'Perfect View' here: