Lapland, like so many of the best acts these days, is the cause célèbre, the raison d'être, of a boy with a dream, a male solo artist with a singular vision and the musical ambition - and talent - to realise it. Josh Mease is Lapland, providing all the music, the vocals, the instrumentation and the production. He's a do-it-all type in the mould of Paul McCartney and Emitt Rhodes. Born in Houston, Texas, he began playing guitar aged 10. In his early teens he listened to his parents' rock and country, Beatles and McCartney records, "watched lots of MTV" and "started writing short silly songs and making recordings" on a four-track cassette recorder. When he was 16, he "got swept up in jazz", and after attending the local High School for the Performing and Visual Arts he moved to New York where he studied at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.