Premiere: Laneous shares new single Flawless ahead of 7" vinyl release this week
Flawless is one-half of a double A-side release coming out this week, pressed on vinyl the same weekend as Record Store Day 2020.
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This Saturday is the first of three Record Store Days for 2020, spread out over the next few months after being postponed from its initial April date due to coronavirus (you can read more about it here). As you'd expect, there's a lot of music incoming over the next few weeks because of this, whether it be old classics or cult favourites printed physically for the first time, or new music from artists released especially for Record Store Day; both fully-fledged new songs, and things like unearthed demos and remixes and alt-copies.
Initially, Melbourne-based musician Laneous was scheduled to release a double A-side, Elsewhere/Flawless, on 7" vinyl specifically for Record Store Day, but after the celebration was pushed back again and again, the musician is now releasing it on his terms, available for pre-order on Bandcamp now. The first half, Elsewhere, was released back in April this year, and today we're stoked to be premiering its vinyl-mate in Flawless, which fits perfectly into the Laneous canon alongside its predecessor.
Laneous is very much one of those types of artists that are celebrated amongst the music community - a musician's favourite musician, per se - and over the years, has become a favourite of highly influential groups such as Hiatus Kaiyote. Flawless - alongside the earlier arriving Elsewhere - really shows exactly why, being a sublime return from a musician that's heavily rooted in technicality and complexity, all while keeping the end result as digestible and enchanting to the non-music type as he possibly can.
Much like its accompaniment track, Flawless is born from improvisation and collaboration, building off the percussion work laid down by renowned Australian drummer Alon Ilsar to turn Flawless into a sprawling display of hip-hop-inspired electronica, aided by Grammy-nominated engineer Nick Herrera (Hiatus Kaiyote, 30/70, Nai Palm). The end result feels like worlds colliding; musicians like Pharrell or Timbaland - renowned for the contribution to hip-hop production - finding a common thread to the more electronic-centric musicians Laneous is more often grouped in with.
It's left-leaning and creative without being abrasively so, capturing this sense of club-ready energy that sets Flawless aside from Elsewhere but not so much so that they don't feel plucked from the same creative world, much like the rest of Laneous' driving, wide-ranging and versatile sound. It's incredibly exciting, and the type of track that really shows why Laneous has become so widely celebrated, especially by those who have become celebrated in their own sense.
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