Lanie Lane’s ‘50s-inspired fashion and vintage rockabilly influences have turned heads.
Her debut record To The Horses debuted at number 12 on the ARIA charts earlier this year and analogue pioneer and blues champion Jack White even invited her to his Nashville studio to record two seven inch singles.
“In terms of my style of recording, I know what I like to do,” 27-year-old Lane says.
“It’s the same with [Jack].
“I don’t exactly have the means like he does, but I love recording quite spontaneously and keeping things really fresh and raw and live in the studio.
“It was really great to see someone else doing that so successfully.
“Obviously I can’t afford my own studio with tape machines and analogue gear everywhere – that’s just ridiculously expensive. But it’s nice to dream, you know.”
With a songbook that sounds as if Lee Hazlewood gave her pointers and a sultry nostalgia that’s both infectious and captivating, Lane is undoubtedly Australia’s coquette of country.
Her hit single (Oh Well) That’s What You Get (Falling In Love With A Cowboy) channels Nancy Sinatra and establishes Lane as a smouldering songstress.
Lane even caught the attention of Brian Setzer, who she supported earlier this year on a national tour.
“On the last night of the tour he sent me a big bouquet of flowers – what a gentleman,” Lane gushes.
“I was so happy.”
Before focusing on the recording of her second album, Lane will embark on an intimate solo tour.
“I’ll be playing mostly electric, there will be a couple of songs where I play my acoustic,” Lane explains.
“I’m so used to playing with my electric now.
“It’s way more natural and more fluid – it’s easier to play for an hour.
“My electric is just a dreamboat – it’s a beautiful Gibson, I love it.”
The songwriter is looking forward to performing the songs away from the full-band treatment – a sound closer to how they originated.
“For me these songs feel really old now,” Lane says.
“I’ve been playing some of these songs for years – before I put a record out.
“Some of them I’ve been playing with the band for so long that it will be nice to strip [the songs] back and portray the song, and what it means, in more of a troubadour fashion.”
Lane loves travelling, but admits that she also relishes the creature comforts of home.
“I’m a homebody,” Lane says.
“I love touring and I love travelling.
“I’m an Aquarian, so I go through these phases of orbit – I go out [on tour] and then come back.
“When I’m at home I’m super domestic – I love making beautiful spaces and decorating.
“I find that is a really creative outlet for me, actually.”
Away from home, on stages around the globe, Lane’s fresh take on nostalgic genres has melted hearts.
But the singer admits that her next album won’t another boot-scootin’, feel-good frolic.
“It’s a bit ‘later’ sounding - a bit more ‘70s,” Lane reveals of her second album.
“It’s a bit more trippy; that’s how I’ve been explaining it.
“It’s a bit more funky – more Doors-y.
“When my manager heard the first demos of the band he said it was a cross between Exile on Main St. [Rolling Stones album] and Stevie Wonder.
“I’m really terrible at explaining music, but [the album] really feels right.
“I feel like I’m doing what’s naturally happening, rather than thinking ‘people are gonna want me to explore this or that’.
“I’m doing what feels normal and natural, even though it’s very different.
“I’ve always written very different kinds of music in the past.
“Before everything started going nuts I had another band and [the music] was really electronic, modern and futuristic sounding.
“I’m not saying I’m going down a futuristic path, but it’s not really a rockabilly thing at all.”
Lane is quick to point out that she isn’t feeling any pressure to live up to people’s expectations on album number two.
“I like to have a laugh about that whole ‘second album’ thing because people put a lot of emphasis on it and I just think it’s a bit ridiculous,” Lane laughs.
“C’mon, we’re just musicians.
“We’re just writing records and putting them out.
“What’s the difference between the third and the second, or the fifth or the tenth?”
When she’s not penning music, Lane has also been rekindling her passion for fine art.
But it’s just one pursuit in a busy year ahead.
“I’d like to continue exploring visual art, because I’ve been doing a lot of drawing which I’d like to incorporate into my album art,” Lane explains.
“I’m rediscovering that, which is really exciting.
“Then I’d like to have a little bit of a break.
“Not too much.”
# Lanie Lane performs at Lizotte’s Newcastle on Thursday, September 6.
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