Lanie Lane — Night Shade
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♠ Lanie Lane’s new record Night Shade is a mix of old and new, writes Sarah Webb.
Birth name: Lanier Stefanie Myra Johnston
Born: 11 February 1987
Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
♠ Betty (1957 guitar), BoDidd (1966 electric Gibson)
Album release: 24 October 2014
Record Label: Ivy League Records
01. Salute 6:10
02. I See You 3:57
03. Celeste 3:57
04. Olympia 3:24
05. La Loba 5:32
06. The Phantom 5:55
07. You Show Me How I Should Like It 3:03
08. No Sound 3:50
09. Made For It 4:49
10. Underneath 4:41
11. Mother 10:32
℗ 2014 Ivy League Records
Sarah Webb, on October 23, 2014
♠ Sydney songwriter Lanie Lane returned with a new single Celeste in August and now a forthcoming second album, Night Shade. This latest offering is released tomorrow, and is a record that documents Lane’s personal and artistic journey.
♠ The transient nature of the songs clearly mark transition in her life: a time of bravery, adventure, honesty and inner growth. It’s an openly self–defining record and undoubtedly the record she really wants us to hear.
♠ The album’s winning song is obviously the gentle vocal hooks and glistening guitars of Celeste, for she is ‘the one who knows’ — guiding listeners through the unseen, in tune with the magic of existence. It leaves us feeling unbound by limitations or self–doubt.
♠ The whole record is ideal for solitary yet comforting nights by moonlight and a bonfire, campfire, or any fire really. Just as long as there are some flames to match the heat of this album.
♠ Solid opener Salute has Lane’s pure vocals penetrating through ambience, complete with wailing, crashing cymbals, belting drums and brass. I See You wanders in a direction that is more airy–fairy, before the bass of hit single Celeste brings the whole album back to earth with its coastal beach vibe and cool chorus.
♠ Then there is the affectionate and heart–warming Olympia. It captivates listeners through its sublime chorus and unrelenting hook “don’t you lose it”, that prolongs the ‘night in’ feel of the album.
♠ La Loba (Spanish for the mythical she–wolf) is reminiscent of old campfire horror tales and creates a ghost story vibe, while The Phantom is strange jazz and creepy brass that catches listeners off–guard, like a shadow in the night. Its title does the song justice.
♠ The glitzy You Show Me How I Should Like It has no air of mystery about it, but is the first real kick on the album, as it is undeniably sassy. The rhythm of the reverberating drums is sure to get hearts racing and exhilarate listeners.
♠ No Sound too drips with intimacy, with claustrophobic lines like “enemy’s close, breathing my face”. The tricky guitar work also makes it well–suited for smoky nightclubs.
♠ The raw sound of Made For It takes listeners on a slow journey to witness Lane’s willingness to emotionally strip herself bare. This intimate track is perfect to hear in the comfort of one’s bedroom (where Lane recorded most of her songs), as lyrics like “my weakness is fate” and “corner me in” are delivered with husky persuasion. So it’s only fitting that the follow–up track Underneath enters to enhance this openhearted feel.
♠ The lovely Mother has Lane revealing her fragility, innocence and kinship with female mother figures, but the uplifting, 10 minute lullaby may have listeners wandering off in thought from its longevity.
♠ Nonetheless, Night Shade is absolutely a feminine body of work. Although it doesn’t quite work for those wanting something electric and pounding, it’s best listened to during night time slumbers. It delivers strong songwriting from Lane and connects her to listeners on an emotional level.
♠ If this is the album you’ve been waiting to hear, get ready for an emotional yet empowering journey, as Lane is clearly a voice for the modern day woman. :: http://yakatuon.com/
By Paul McBride, October 23, 2014
♠ Ahh, how good it is to have a new album from Lanie Lane. It’s been a long three years since the Sydneysider’s debut To The Horses, in which time she’s supported Jack White and Hall & Oates before falling a little off the radar. Such a break brings with it the chance of new sonic territories being explored, and the first thing that hints at a change in musical direction is the distinct lack of anything rockabilly–related on the cover. ‘I See You’ is the first of several more measured and tender tracks from the 27 year–old, as it quickly becomes clear that this album will go a long way to shaking off the ’50s rockabilly pin–up crown that Lane had previously made for herself. However, while the uptempo bops are seemingly a thing of the past, the restrained nature of Lane’s vocals on a series of ballads and country–pop numbers only serves to make them even more entrancing, as on the soaring ‘La Loba’ and later number ‘Made For It’. Single ‘Celeste’ begins with some wonderfully jangly guitar lines before Lane’s smooth and soulful vocals will make you not give a damn that rockabilly ever existed. ♠ ‘No Sound’ is the track closest to the Tarantino–flavoured work of Lanie Lane of old and is most likely to get a bar gig kicking into gear, and while the ten–and–a–half–minute ‘Mother’ perhaps takes the mick, it’s still the slower tracks that sound best. ♠ It’ll be interesting to see how Lane pulls these songs off live, and what lies ahead for her in terms of how any future record sounds, but a move this ballsy deserves admiration and support. While Night Shade is a big change in style and might not please everyone, the value of what’s been added is worth many times that of what’s been lost.
♠ Paul McBride … is an editor and writer based in Brisbane, Australia.
Samuel J. Fell, October 30, 2014; Score: ****½
♠ So far away, stylistically, is Lanie Lane's new album from her 2011 debut, To The Horses, you would not think this was the same artist. Gone are the clean–cut rockabilly blues, the feathery vocals and the endearing rootsy naivety. In their place is a soaring album, wreathed in shimmering guitar and lush, warm soundscapes, an ethereal pop jaunt fronted by someone whose voice is, by turns, tough and soft, assured and perfectly placed. With help from Belles Will Ring guitarist Aidan Roberts, the songs pulsate with energy, each offering more to explore. With Night Shade, Lane has crafted an album of intense poise and power. A true gem.
By Andrew Le | Published On October 20, 2014 | Score: 3.5 / 5 star
To the Horses (14 October 2011) — Ivy League Music (IVY 122) — AUS No. 12
Night Shade (24 October 2014) — Ivy League Music — AUS No. 42
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