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Shanks and the Dreamers

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Shanks and Dreamers was first conceived around 2005 in Orange County, California. In the beginning, it was a solo act, consisting of filmmaker/artist Amir Motlagh using mostly an acoustic guitar to create soundtrack/cinematic minimalism.
The first commercial release was in 2007 with the ep titled A Day Late: Instrumentals For Illegal Aliens co-produced by Sam Oak from the band Unfamiliar Occurrence. The album included earlier compositions that Motlagh recorded for the 2003 award winning short film, Still Lover.
After the record was released, Motlagh started to play more frequently with guitarist Art Toussi. They continued the project with the conception of a new album, and also a drastic move away from the instrumental past. After a year in the studio, 2008 saw the release of the first full-length record, "My Darling Dia". They also went on to create soundtracks for three of Motlagh's films within relatively the same time frame, Knock. Knock. (2007), Plain Us (2008), and the feature-length film Whale (2010).
The Band went on to release several singles after and continued to license music for other media projects. It went on permanent hiatus in August 2010.
Motlagh went on to form the active music/cinema project, Mirs , releasing 3 EP's to date and a handful of singles & short films (visual albums).

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