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Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders
Playmates

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders — Playmates (7 November, 2014)

Australia     Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders — Playmates
Δ   “Playmates could be the breakthrough.” — Ross Clelland
Jack Ladder’s fourth album evades the Nick Cave comparisons while poaching from a previous generation’s middle–of–the–road stars, writes ANTHONY CAREW.
Birth name: Tim Rogers
Origin: Sydney, Australia
Album release: 7 November, 2014
Record Label:  Self Portrait/Inertia
Duration:     49:20
Tracks:
01 Come On Back This Way     5:53
02 Her Hands     5:16
03 Model Worlds     4:35
04 Reputation Amputation     4:45
05 Let Me Love You     4:40
06 To Keep & To Be Kept     5:13
07 The Miracle     4:59
08 Neon Blue     4:50
09 Our Ascension     4:10
10 Slow Boat To China     4:59
2014 Self Portrait
© Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders / Self Portrait Music 2014
Review
By Ross Clelland | Nov 3rd 2014 | Score: ****
Δ   Long anointed by many as voice most likely, the arching croon of Jack Ladder has come close, not the least with his last album, the aptly, if punning, titled Hurtsville.
Δ   Playmates could be the breakthrough, the perhaps surprising added element, the presence of The Presets’ Kim Moyes as producer. Not only has he provided rich electronic beds for Ladder’s words to tangle in their sweat–soaked sheets, Moyes also knows some musical touchstones for the singer to work from. There are nods to early ‘80s references like Roxy Music and Berlin–era Iggy. The even more languorous Our Ascension or Slow Boat To China, have David Sylvian’s Japan present in their lush flows. And there is some of that melodrama that can only be described as Nick Cave–ian: A touch of obsession, some bloodletting, an occasional crucifixion — the plea of Let Me Love You or “I’ll set myself on fire”.
Δ   There’s a new clarity in his storytelling. The tumbling imagery and narrative of Come On Back This Way, or the almost Springsteen hook of To Keep And To Be Kept — with its own little glories of Sharon Van Etten’s second voice, and Jason Walker’s high plains pedal steel in the distance — are of approachable emotion, where once you maybe weren’t sure how much tongue was in how much cheek.
Δ   But it all comes back to that voice: It can be a conspiratorial whisper, an ache in the dark, a desperate need. Playmates presents it with the respect it’s owed. :: http://themusic.com.au/
Discography:
2005: Not Worth Waiting For
2008: Love is Gone
2011: Hurtsville
2014: Playmates (Released 7 November 2014)
Website: http://www.jackladderandthedreamlanders.com/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/jackladder
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JackLadderAndTheDreamlanders
Also:
Mess and noise: http://m.messandnoise.com/releases/2001406
Neika Lehman: http://somethingyousaid.com/2014/12/12/jack-ladder-dreamlanders-playmates/
Beat Magazine: http://www.beat.com.au/music/jack-ladder-dreamlanders-playmates
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