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Louise O'Reilly & Paul Hannan
Deep in the forested hills of the Natural Bridge, on the edge of an extinct volcano, amidst the speckled light of glowworms, tucked beneath damp and heavy air, hushed by the ripple of the spring fed creek is a cabin with a stone floor that is the home of Louise O’Reilly and Paul Hannan. Herein is the space where flowers in the hair, tapping of the boots, a swaying of the hips has been translated into the sound of the death of 1000 summers. The sounds of Laneway.
In the hills they have written, mourned, fixed pipes and chopped wood. Collected tales. Of places. Journeys. Home. Of seeking and finding and misplacing once more. Donkeys. Turning on lights. Death. And love (whatever that may be).
They ventured down last year with Turn Your Love Up, their second album offering following 2009’s If You Don’t Need It Let It Go. The new album was pieced together through recording sessions in spaces inspired and as diverse as their eclectic musical appreciations, and extends their dreamy landscape of country-tinged folk-surf. Tracked in their own home in the hills and in beautiful studios around Australia it is a superb collection of wonderfully composed songs.
It displays the gorgeous vocal and guitar melding we’ve come to expect from Laneway: instantly familiar and distinctly unique.
Hypnotic. Haunted. Drifting.
Wild. Lonsome. And free.
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.
O’Reilly and Hannan recently received Queensland’s most prestigious songwriting award, The Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship. Awarded by Robert Forster along with members of seminal Australian band, The Go-Betweens, the prize is for songwriting excellence. It will see them travel to Europe in 2013 to write, perform, tour and record.
Turn Your Love Up was released through Crawler Records in August 2012 followed by a limited-edition vinyl pressing in December 2012.
Laneway are based in Berlin from April 2013.
“Exquisite and haunting, Laneway's songs float with a delicious melancholy, like the last days of summer,"
Mary-Lou Stevens (ABC Radio)
“When Laneway drift in on a breath of country air, dusty and bittersweet, no matter how sad it might seem, it is a herald of good times to come.”
Chris Cobcroft (Station Director 4ZZZFM)
“Gorgeous mytho-poetic songwriting.”
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Love is a Devil
Great song, I can feel the story behind the lyrics.
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