Lanie Lane – To The Horses
From a day job cutting flowers to cutting tracks with Jack White, the gorgeous Lanie Lane’s profile continues to go from strength to strength with her fantastic debut effort, To The Horses.
Comparable to anyone from Billie Holiday, to the more modern Kitty, Daisy, and Lewis, this album has 50s chic written all over it. The opening line of double bass on Bang Bang confirms as much, as it bobbles into a swinging number complete with jangling, bluesy guitar, doing the original Janis Martin version proud. It’s a real foot-tapping, hand-clapper. Betty Baby follows suit, in the same hand-jiving-in-front-of-the-radio fashion as its predecessor, as her charming coos of “oo Betty baby, why’d you break so soon” will have you swing dancing and doing the Charleston. While her vintage style is one her more noteworthy elements, her voice is the sparkling diamond in the ring. Beautifully soulful, sweet, and working to her eternal credit as it brings sincerity to her vintage tint.
Like Me Meaner, portrays the sassy side of Lane, with her catty lyrics showing that while she might seem sweet on the outside, she’s certainly not one to be messed with. What Do I Do is a slower number with a sort of Amy Winehouse quality to it. Lane’s voice wanders freely amongst the walking bassline and some percussion that sounds like glass being broken, whilst some soulful, all-male backing vocals add a nice gloss. What Trouble Is slows things down even more, in an almost country-esque ballad that opens up Lane’s emotional side. You can sense a sombre pain in her voice; it’s some heartbreaking stuff.
Jungle Man arrives in an array of percussion and cutesy tones, as Lane gets back into the faster paced, finger-clickers that opened the album. Don’t Cry is led by her carefree voice working in tandem with some chipper acoustic guitar work, including a deliciously bluegrass solo.
Album closer To The Horses is a stripped back track that shows yet another side of Lane, who while maintaining her retro sounds, has managed to change up styles throughout the album. Just a simple acoustic strum, with some light electric guitar in the background, this is definitely a track that screams ‘drinking whiskey alone in a bar with wooden swinging doors, while wearing spurs’.
To The Horses is certainly hot to trot, and well deserved of the hype that’s been following Lane’s career thus far. Her music sounds like she’s stepped right out of the past, but she certainly has a bright future ahead of her.