With rich vocal tonings, kaleidoscopic musical scope and songs such as America Won’t You Make My Dreams Come True? that seem somehow more imbued with pathos and somehow more prophetic in Trump’s America.
Recorded with his producer and collaborated with LA-based songwriter/producer Clare Reynolds in and around LA, the two developed an intensive recording intimacy, setting up makeshift studios, playing all the instruments themselves, and keeping the music to themselves.
It was something that Jordie felt was important in creating an album that was unselfconscious.
‘We just hibernated in a little bubble. Glassellland was a place near where we made the record, so we had the artwork first.
We were clear not to share this with anyone. We didn’t tell anyone what we were doing. It was so much fun and also challenging learning how to play all the instruments, trying to get the microphones right!’
It was this quiet self-reliance that really informed the album.
‘It was good to get really comfortable with my own skin, and I do need to have time when I am not informed by other people – when I have to work out if something is right or wrong or good or bad. I have to use the time to try to gain self-confidence and belief. Americans are big on that – they are brought up to have a strong belief in being great and being capable. That’s been a great influence on us as Aussies coming from a background where you are meant to be realistic – which can end up with your being more cynical, which in turn can stifle your creativity.’
Lane talks about making the album that he could hear in his head.
In order to hear that album it had to be quiet, with Reynolds and Lane often recording through the night.
‘That’s when I work best,’ says Jordie. ‘It’s this feeling that everyone else is asleep and that you have more energy to play with. I seem to find or be able to channel what’s inside me better then. I think it’s just too hard to hear your music in the middle of the day when there’s so much going on – I guess because there is a lot less noise at night. It’s like you are turning the gain of a microphone up in your ears and you can be more intricate and complex and delicate with the sounds you are making.’
One of the highlights of the new album is the song Frederick Steele McNeil Ferguson, a song dedicated to Lane’s grandfather. Shot with just one take, it features a haircut and shows his hair being chopped short, ‘a nod towards my grandfather, who used to get upset I wouldn’t take my hat off and had long hair! My dad stood in as the stunt double to do the practice bits for the haircut; we have a whole clip with my dad that we should release! There were no edits; it was cool. We had to come up with a thing shot in real time that could only happen once.’
So how will Jordie and Clare present this impressive album at Mullum Music Festival?
We have put together a live version of The Sleepers, which is a band, originally me and Clare. We have a bunch of guys coming from all around the country. We do one band show on the Friday night and then do the duo for the rest of the weekend. The music is so dense. We love touring as a duo but we didn’t feel like we could do the whole thing like that; these songs demand drums and bass.’
Friday at the Village Vanguard with The Sleepers at 9pm, Saturday at 6pm at the Court House, Sunday at 10am at St Martin’s Anglican Church and Sunday at 4.30pm at the Village Vanguard.