Landau is Mantler's second album for Tomlab. It is also the first Mantler album produced by longtime associate Zack G. A common sight on the streets of nineteenth century cities, landaus were commodious horse-drawn carriages.
The album Landau was conceived as a carriage-ride through contemporary traffic, in the form of a love letter to African-American music, written by a white Canadian. A return to the more groove centred Mantler recordings, „Landau“ includes beautiful pop songs like „Playin‘ Along“ with its extended chorus, and carefully-crafted instrumentation, stylish drum machine beats and some to-die-for Cummings harmonies on „Regret“, wonderful love songs like „Comes A Daybreak“ and more dance oriented radio tunes like „Togethernest“, and with references ranging from Joni Mitchell, Donald Byrd, 80s soul, Burt Bacharach and Roy Ayers.
A recording from a talented songwriter that will hopefully contribute to introduce him to a wider audience.
- Stronger Than Action Allows
- Playin' Along
- Comes A Daybreak
- College Park
- Twilight It Was
- Outside The Arcade
- Brook And River
"Mantler's voice falls somewhere between the cold-toned Fagen and Arto Lindsay. The arrangements are less tricky, but no less pleasing to the ear." ***1/2 Rolling Stone, Germany
"What Louie Austen's brilliant Only Tonight did for crooner cred in the underground, Landau by Toronto's Chris Cummings (aka Mantler) stands to do for adult contemporary." 7/10 Montreal Mirror, Canada
"Easy listening has never been this intense. Cummings's spare arrangements and expert songwriting manage to slip plenty of intellectual and emotional substance into the sort of empty-shell music we've been hearing in commercial spaces ever since it's been shown to increase sales." Splendid, USA
"...now that he has the lazy tone of FM's golden ear down, Cummings needs only to craft that one hit to earn admission to Casey Kasern heaven." Urb, USA