They have come down from their home in the forested hills of the Natural Bridge. Laneway have spent the last few months touring on the back of their new, acclaimed album, Turn Your Love Up. It’s a long road that has seen them play some of the most beautiful and intimate venues in the country. This Saturday they return to the Mullumbimby Drill Hall to play the final show on this tour with local harmony heroes, Mr Cassidy.
It has been an exciting time for the songwriting duo of Louise O’Reilly and Paul Hannan. After the album’s release they were promptly awarded the highest honour in Queensland’s music scene, The Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship. The opportunity affords them the chance to travel to Berlin in 2013 where they will write, perform and record in one of McLennan’s much-loved cities.
The new release, Turn Your Love Up, is a superb collection of 10 songs displaying sublime vocals, floating harmonies, striking and roomy guitars and strong, diverse compositions. Drawing on their eclectic musical appreciations, Laneway tell their stories with a sound that makes such sense it is instantly familiar and distinctly unique. There is charm herein. And humour. A self-effacing style. A relaxed panache. Recorded in spaces inspired and diverse, including tracking sessions in their own home in the hills to beautiful studios in Queensland, northern NSW and Melbourne, the album demonstrates what we’ve come to expect from these talented songwriters and shows why critics are singing their praise.
Laneway released their acclaimed debut album, If You Don’t Need It Let It Go, in 2009 from Melbourne’s Brunswick. This dreamy landscape of country-tinged folk-surf sounds was followed by a single, The Turbine (2011), a song inspired by their new home and hydro-turbine power. The first single off their new release, Love is a Devil is haunted. Drifting. Wild. Lonesome. It is this diversity and quality in their work that has seen such a strong and growing response to the act and had them tour Australia playing in bars, barns, backyards and big festivals. This Saturday is your chance to catch one of the best emerging acts in Australia.
With very special guest Mr Cassidy, Mullumbimby Drill Hall, Saturday October 27, 6.30pm. Tickets $10.