“It certainly has been … a surprising year,” Lindsey Buckingham joked from the stage at Manhattan’s Town Hall last week. Fleetwood Mac’s erstwhile singer and guitarist is playing shows in support of Solo Anthology, a career-spanning collection that’s somehow his first-ever hits package 37 years into a successful solo career. The just-released 6xLP version of … More »
Lindsey Buckingham has reportedly filed a lawsuit against his four former Fleetwood Mac bandmates after the group fired him early this year. According to court documents obtained by Radar Online and Us Weekly, the singer-songwriter is suing Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood in Los Angeles … More »
Earlier this year, Fleetwood Mac fired Lindsey Buckingham and announced a tour without him, which they’re currently on. (They debuted the new lineup, with Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn, on Ellen last month.) Buckingham recently announced a solo tour that’ll take place … More »
Fleetwood Mac are currently touring the country without Lindsey Buckingham, the guitarist whose entry to the band in the mid-’70s (along with Stevie Nicks) inaugurated what is now widely considered to be their classic period. (Sorry, Peter Green fans.) Buckingham departed Mac in April, over what was apparently a disagreement about touring schedules. More »
Lindsey Buckingham, the defining guitarist of Fleetwood Mac, was recently fired from the band for the second time in his career after a tour-related dispute, and replaced by Mike Campbell (Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers) and Neil Finn (Crowded House). Not one to be home alone while his exes are out having fun, … More »
Earlier this year, Fleetwood Mac announced that they’d be hitting the road with a whole new lineup. Lindsey Buckingham, longtime co-leader, was out of the band, fired after a dispute over touring. And Fleetwood Mac instead lined up a very capable pair of replacements: Mike Campbell, former guitarist for Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers, and … More »
Lindsey Buckingham is making the best out of bad situation. A few months ago, Fleetwood Mac, Buckingham’s longtime band, fired him. (They framed it as a parting of ways, but all reports seem to indicate that the band kicked Buckingham out when they couldn’t come to an agreement over some touring issue.) Right … More »
In mid-July, an enticing cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s iconic “Dreams” made its way onto SoundCloud. Captivated listeners, upon clicking on the source, found the dreamy cover to be the one and only track on the channel.
The channel belonged to Jaguar Dreams, a Brooklyn trio comprised of Ben Eberdt, Michael Kelly and Tim Kiely. In their “Dreams” cover, the group used “simple instruments and modern machines to feed the primitive appetite for dance.” This reasoning came from a trip to the Amazon rainforest, where the three were inspired by the story of the jaguar dream. In the ancient tale, journeymen would trade consciousness while in the jungle and have their souls overtaken by the animal. Re-energized upon returning to New York, Eberdt, Kelly and Kiely embarked on their Jaguar Dreams venture — writing, producing, and illustrating every aspect of their new project themselves.
Two months after the release of “Dreams,” Jaguar Dreams have unveiled their debut original, “Just Life,” which stems from the same undeniably authentic vein as their cover. Emotive harmonies usher the listener into a lush landscape of wistful synth melodies, evoking feelings of nostalgia and times gone by. They call “Just Life” a “bittersweet reflection” — and rightly so.
We caught up with the up-and-coming trio to hear about their journey thus far and what the future holds.
Why did you choose to cover Fleetwood Mac for your debut release?
We had a week there where we were reimagining a bunch of classic tracks. We’d spin records until we heard something that felt right to us, then we’d try to reinterpret it. We wrote a handful of songs that week, but “Dreams” felt like a good way to introduce ourselves.
How is the cover different from your debut original, “Just Life”?
Original music is kind of personal by definition as it comes from someplace within. With a cover, you just want to find a way to reinterpret something that you love. So the process is totally different for each song. With “Dreams,” we made something new out of something old, but with “Just Life,” we’re making something new out of nothing.
What does “Just Life” mean to you? What was the inspiration for the song?
It’s just a bittersweet reflection. It’s impossible to capture everything, so we did our best to capture a glimpse in a few minutes of music.
Who would you name as your inspirations as artists?
We are not affected by a particular set of influences. Our collective life experiences are our influence. We don’t want to sound like anybody, we want to sound like everybody.
How would you describe your music in three words to someone who’s never heard it?
“Sonic Massage Butter”
What’s up next in 2018?
We’re releasing a lot of new music.
Last month, Fleetwood Mac announced an upcoming US tour, and with it that they’d finally be parting ways with longtime guitarist and songwriter Lindsey Buckingham. In conversation with Rolling Stone, the band said that the decision was in response to Buckingham’s objections to the band’s upcoming tour schedule, and that his firing came down … More »