By: Ann Marie Schlup
November 30, 2015
It was about three months ago when I first heard the musical stylings of the Los Angeles-based trio LANY. I was listening to my newly updated Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify, as I’ve done every week since this genius curating gem came into our lives, and my ears perked up at the first note of the track “4EVER!”. I had never heard anything like it. It sounded like a blend of indie dream pop and early to mid ‘90s R&B hits. I felt like I was transported back to when groups like Boyz II Men and TLC were at their prime and when oversized overalls, puffy jackets and bucket hats were the newest fashion craze. When a song has the ability to take you to another place, another moment in time, that’s when you know you’ve found something special. Within three minutes, I was completely enamored with LANY. I listened to the rest of their discography—a total of 13 tracks, including 2 remixes—and I couldn’t believe that these guys haven’t skyrocketed to overnight-sensation status already, despite the fact they only formed a year ago. But it’s inevitable; slowly, but surely, everyone’s going to be talking about LANY.
Paul Klein, Jake Goss, and Leslie Priest make up the group, but up until several months ago, their identities were a mystery. After finishing their first two songs, “Hot Lights” and “Walk Away” they created an anonymous Soundcloud account and posted them online. LANY (pronounced LAY-NEE, in case you’ve been wondering) formed in March 2014 in Nashville, where they worked on most of their tracks before settling in Los Angeles. Their creative process is completely organic; all song-writing, recording, mixing, and producing is done on their own at home. In an interview with indie music blog Black on the Canvas (http://blackonthecanvas.com/2015/02/05/lany-interview/), lead vocalist Klein said that all their music has been made on a Windows computer with two synth keyboards and a drum machine iPhone app. It’s DIY on another level. They may not be working from home for much longer, as things have really been taking off for them recently. After getting manager Rupert Lincoln on board, the band began playing gigs around the U.S. In October, they opened for Halsey on four dates of the Badlands Tour. After that, they signed to Polydor Records. Their single, “ILYSB” has over 5 million plays on Spotify. The band is now working on their first full-length album, but they’re still sticking to their home studio.
I already know I’m in for another unique listening experience with their new album. What I love about them is that you can hear the genres they pull from—R&B, gospel, indie pop and electronic synth—but there’s no group that they sound anything like. They’ve been compared to The 1975, to which Klein responded via Twitter:
“we don’t sound anything like @the1975 you just feel the same way when you listen to us as you do when you listen to them.”
I can see how people draw comparisons between the two groups as they have similar atmospheric elements in their music. They pull from different influences—The 1975’s influence being alternative pop of the 80’s and LANY’s being 90’s R&B.
I’m so excited for what’s in store for LANY. I’m in it for the long haul with these dudes, so I’m looking forward to watching their journey to success. Keep an eye out for them in 2016; I guarantee this won’t be the last time you hear about them.
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