With a career spanning just 9 years, 8 releases under his belt, named in Melbourne Magazine’s 100 most influential people, and nominated for Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s ‘Barry Award’, Jordie Lane is widely regarded as one of Australia’s finest singer-songwriters.
Born to a comedian & a clown, Lane spent his early years in a traveling circus. His nomadic touring lifestyle and knack for comedic storytelling confirm the theory one is a product of their upbringing, but when you watch Jordie perform live it is his incredible voice and rhythmic guitar playing that seem like they come from another place and another time.
It is a voice that has taken him around the world, performing major festivals in the US, Canada, UK and Australia, and touring with the likes of international legends, Billy Bragg, Old Crow Medicine Show, Neko Case, Cat Power, The Weakerthans, Ruthie Foster, Mary Chapin Carpenter and The Moody Blues.
Jordie’s songs have been featured in various films and TV shows including tracks from his ‘Not Built To Last’ EP, ‘Dead Of Light’ used in Looking For Grace (2015) and ‘Maybe Someday placed on US direc-tv’s third season of Kingdom (2017)
Lane’s latest full length,
GLASSELLLAND (pronounced Glas-Sell-Land) is a bold and adventurous record, that extends his musical boundaries far beyond his previous acclaimed Folk and Alt. Country sound.
Completely self recorded with all instrumentation played by just Jordie and co-producer Clare Reynolds, it truly displays the intricate vision and skilled execution of an album that most would find hard to believe was recorded in various sheds and warehouses across California.
Praised by the press across the board with 4 star reviews in The Music, Rolling Stone, Herald Sun and named ‘Double J Album Of The Week’, Lane’s song ‘Black Diamond’ was also awarded the ‘Tower Of Song Of The Year’ on Double J Radio.
Glassellland has a kaleidoscopic quality that extends Lane’s musical scope and range of vocal expression.
There’s a psychedelic Beatles’ Sgt Pepper feel in the alternating rhythm and tempo changes of In Dreams of War; a kind of Fab Four meet Chris Isaak ambience in the arrangement of the equally expansive America, Won’t You Make My Dreams Come True, a vocal duet with his collaborator. Stripped back to acoustic guitar and harmonica, Lane’s closer to 1960s Dylan in Better Not Go Outside and Time Just Flew, spitting out lines such as “try not to obsess over symmetry / accept that death is history” and “I wake when the day is done / I do my living without the sun” with laissez-faire attitude. There are shades of Neil Young in the folk-rockers Black Diamond and Frederick Steele McNeil Ferguson. In the latter, Lane’s gruff singing and grungy electric guitar riffs intensify a song about guilt and a grandfather who “killed a man in World War I”. In Dreamin’ the Life, the dynamics and opening gambit are reminiscent of Jeff Lang: “Thornbury tram to a London tube”.
4 Stars – Tony Hillier, The Australian
4 Stars – The Music
4 Stars – Herald Sun
4 Stars – Rolling Stone
Feature Album Of The Week Double J
‘Tower Of Song Of The Year 2016’ Double J
‘filled with superb story songs’
Jeff Jenkins, STACK MAG
‘Astounding’ ROLLING STONE