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To The Horses

Lanie Lane
To The Horses

11 Track, LP (2011, Ivy League)
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Combining blues sensibility and ’50s chic with an eye on the past and no more than a passing interest in what’s happening now, Sydney’s Lanie Lane steps elegantly into the spotlight. Springing seemingly from nowhere, Lane has made the past couple years her own: a BDO appearance, guest vocal spot on You Am I’s ‘Trigger Finger’, national support for Justin Townes Earle, a collaboration and tour with Clare Bowditch and recording time with Jack White in the US. The only thing missing thus far, is a record. Enter To The Horses.

Whether flirting harmlessly with the silly and left-of-centre (‘Bang Bang’, with its thumping double-bass line and ringing “Bang, bang, bang-idy bang bang” chorus lyric) or pouring her heart out (the title track, with its mournful delivery and lyrics such as, “I’m going to the horses, if you can’t catch me then just give up”), Lane has proven that the growing interest she’s been receiving over the past 18 months is justified. For this is a record of poise and musical nous; one that oozes age and experience, despite being created by a young woman with barely either. Lane seems – in dress and appearance, as well as in a musical sense – to have stepped from another time, somewhere where she’s already been doing this for an age.

01 Bang Bang by Lanie Lane

While the two tracks she recorded earlier this year with White (‘Ain’t Hungry’ and ‘My Man’) aren’t represented on To The Horses, it’s nonetheless a step up; there’s nothing over the top, there’s nothing here that seems forced, there’s nothing that makes you think this is a shtick. It’s simple, soulful music from another time re-crafted into something which – interestingly enough – makes perfect sense in this digital, shot-attention-spanned world of ours.

To The Horses is a little lacking in cohesion, however, containing as it does a number of genres worked together: rockabilly, lilting Hawaiian folk, blues, swing, a little jazz, some surf and spaghetti western. It can sometimes overwhelm, but it’s only fleeting because then you get carried away on Lane’s voice: strong and raw with the occasional hint of vulnerability. “Don’t cry, that’s below you/Oh well, that’s what you get, for fallin’ in love with a cowboy,” she sings on ‘That’s What You Get’, another example of the tongue-in-cheek stories she tells throughout the record.

06 That's What You Get by Lanie Lane

With To The Horses, Lane has proven she’s worth the “hype”. She’s proven she can write seriously and in fun. She’s proven she can take “old music” and turn it into something fresh and vibrant. And she’s proven she’s a radiant streak of light, wrought upon the darkening roots scene in this country.

by Sam Fell

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Your Comments

BigBoysSocks  said about 3 years ago:

darkening roots scene in this country.

As in the roots scene is too gothic?

sting-bono  said about 3 years ago:

I like

checkers  said about 3 years ago:

Clare Bowditch's twitter feed has been 50% lanie lane promotion for the past few months. The album hasn't disappointed me.

Tramdriver  said about 3 years ago:

BigBoysSocks: darkening roots scene in this country.As in the roots scene is too gothic?

I guess the roots need to be re-dyed! boom-tsh

LaxCharisma  said about 3 years ago:

Anyone go to the instore at Red Eye the other day?
I intended to and at the last second couldn't be fucked going in.

chrisj  said about 3 years ago:

the record i like. it sounds proper.

live, meh.

LaxCharisma  said about 3 years ago:

IS it on vinyl?
Sorry....I can't help it. It's a problem I know. My problem.

Goal attack  said about 3 years ago:

listening now, it sounds like being at the rainbow hotel on a tuesday night in the late 90s.

LaxCharisma  said about 3 years ago:

I just got in trouble for listening...I think the upright bass upset a Tom Waits nerve. It's to be expected. I've listened to nothing but ''Bad As Me'' on repeat for the last 3 days. It's a problem I know. My problem...

I'll try listen to Lani again later...I want to like her.
Incidentally I tried to download Lani Lane yesterday. Turns out Lani is a pornstar. I don't know if she is any good or not. I deleted it straight away.

Coxinator  said about 3 years ago:

Now I bet Lani Lane is an exciting act live then Lax.

I'm trying hard to get into Lanie but still struggling.

GayGuysWearBlack  said about 3 years ago:

Lanie Lane - would ya?

tinyman  said about 3 years ago:

not really feeling this one.

GayGuysWearBlack  said about 3 years ago:

that's what she said

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  • 1.   Bang Bang
  • 2.   Betty Baby
  • 3.   Like Me Meaner
  • 4.   What Do I Do
  • 5.   What Trouble Is
  • 6.   That’s What You Get
  • 7.   Jungle Man
  • 8.   The Devil’s Sake
  • 9.   Don’t Cry
  • 10.   Heartbeat
  • 11.   To The Horses
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