Alternative dream pop three-piece LANY caused a stir in 2015 with the release of two very successful EPs that gave us an introduction into their upbeat sound. Not that there is a shortage of bands embracing electronic instrumentation in a minimalist fashion that manages to blend with the category of “alternative”. M83 and RÜFÜS could be said to fit this group, but such is my attempt to not limit artist descriptions by single genres I will simply say that LANY might not necessarily deliver a revolutionary sound but it’s certainly very good and ‘kinda’ shows this.
Before I start discussing the music, I must add that their song titles are documented in lower case which is slightly pressing my “obsessive-about-grammar” buttons. I shall persevere as ‘like you lots’ is a wonderfully catchy opener to ‘kinda’ and while lyrically simple this does fit in with the striking simplicity of the track itself. Yes, there will have been a lot of work that will have gone into this project but the minimalist feel of it serves to aid its chilled atmosphere. This is true of all of the tracks and makes this an EP that is perfect for the summer season.
The dreamy tones and of ‘pink skies’ and ‘current location’ would fit in most summer playlists. While I’d argue ‘quit’ wins me over as favourite (particularly because of the lyric ‘because we could fight all day about the future, but I don’t even know where I’ll be next week’), it’s hard to point out any stark differences between the six tracks that make up this EP. The singles ‘yeah, babe, no way’ and ‘WHERE THE HELL ARE MY FRIENDS’ are possibly more suited to the accolade of radio-friendly promotion, but they don’t differ greatly from the rest of the pack.
By Will Hunt
Consistent sound and style throughout
Good summer release
Very little diversity between the songs
Listen to ‘yea, babe, no way’ below:
|1. like you lots|
|2. yea, babe, no way|
|3. pink skies|
|4. current location|
|6. WHERE THE HELL ARE MY FRIENDS|