I have a clear vision for the aesthetic atmosphere I aim to create with Streamland - even the name itself is indicative of this imaginary place I have in mind.
It is influenced by a lot of music, but by a few specific albums and artists in particular:
The Dirty Three - Whatever You Love, You Are
Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
DJ Shadow - Endtroducing
The Books - Lost and Safe
The Avalanches - Since I Left You
Four Tet - Everything Ecstatic
Piano works of Erik Satie
The significance of Whatever You Love, You Are, Astral Weeks, and Satie in particular is their focus on liberating tempo constraints. In all three cases they play with concepts of loose, fluid performance that results in a much more flowing natural aesthetic, and for me as listener conjures a deeply immersive atmosphere.
Synaesthetically, there is also a link between all these albums (and Satie) - the colour schemes that I perceive in them are generally lush natural textures - green and leafy - with the exception of Since I Left You which is more of a deep blue oceanic theme, as it's cover would suggest. Even the highly electronic Everything Ecstatic seems to conjure this immersely arboreal atmosphere - and provides for me a conceptual bridge of how to openly transition back and forth from the constructed collages of DJ Shadow to the performative dialoguing of The Dirty Three.