Shady Lane

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They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but how do you handle encounters with creatures so wicked they drift into your dreams and haunt your being? Sucker punch them from the inside, and write your next album for the nasty beasts, dedicating each and every note, lyric, strum and beat to their extinction. This how Sydney four piece, Shady Lane, have tackled terror in their second album, Built Guilt, a wistful but wise big brother to 2009’s Here We Go, Down the Black Hole. Comrades in arms, Shady Lane consists of the project’s mastermind, Jordy Lane on guitars and vocals, with Pete Avard on drums, Sarah Jullienne on synth.

Built Guilt’s ingredients include healthy levels of cynicism and a kitschy quirk, its beautifully crafted pop, twisted just slightly. The album pairs analogue synth and radiant vocals that float dreamily through your ears with the rawness of live drums and louder, prouder and playful guitars. The result punches you in the head, heart and gut with the power of a heavyweight yet soothes and nourishes, as cathartic to experience as it was to create. From the playful pop hooks on ‘Convenient Face Hinge’ to the soaring textures of ‘Dumb Hope’, the movement from lilting simplicity to guitar pedals parties to synth experiments is as mind-bending as it is uplifting.

Finding as much joy in recording as writing, Shady Lane bounced between the coziness of a friend’s home in the Blue Mountains, and the urban womb of a Sydney studio. Using equipment like a $2 microphone made out of a speaker cone, a Korg MS-20 synthesiser, a 70s Farfisa Organ, and recording tracks as a live band to extract the organic lifespirit of the sound, Built Guilt is an intangible beauty. With songs that embody the electricity, fear, love and curiosity of existence, Built Guilt reflects how your enemies, like your friends, can elicit some amazing and powerful imagination.

SHADY LANE – BUILT GUILT

Shady Lane - Built Guilt Album Artwork

  01. Easybeast
  02. Convenient Face Hinge
  03. Gwimnoddles
  04. Dumb Hope
  05. Fluff ‘n’ Stuff
  06. Who Is The Host
  07. What Future?
  08. Stretching Mr Meds Over A Spit
  09. Eraser Brain
  10. Mother Mountain Rabbit
  11. Starfish
  12. Happy Without Controls
ABOUT THE RELEASE
They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but how do you handle encounters with creatures so wicked they drift into your dreams and haunt your being? Sucker punch them from the inside, and write your next album for the nasty beasts, dedicating each and every note, lyric, strum and beat to their extinction. This how Sydney four piece, Shady Lane, have tackled terror in their second album, Built Guilt, a wistful but wise big brother to 2009’s Here We Go, Down The Black Hole.

SHADY LANE – HERE WE GO DOWN THE BLACK HOLE

Shady Lane - Here We Go Down The Black Hole Album Artwork

  01. One Full Day Of Learning Things
  02. Galileo
  03. Absolute Truth
  04. This Is Death
  05. Oh My God
  06. Who Is The Host
  07. Oh Reality
  08. Death Came Awful Slow
  09. Ouch My Head
  10. Oh My God Again
  11. Who Isn’t Here With Me Tonight
  12. Here We Go Down The Black Hole
ABOUT THE RELEASE
The culmination of a project which began late in 2004, Here We Go… was almost all recorded and self-produced from Jordy’s various homes as he moved around Sydney’s Inner-West. It’s this bedroom-fidelity that allowed him to so effectively capture and reproduce the dreamy, contemplative and occasionally abstract moods you can only arrive at in your own space and time. With occasional backing vocals from Sarah Kelly (on ‘Galileo’) and Kaity Fox (on ‘Oh My God’) and cello from Ella Colley (on ‘This Is Death’ and ‘Oh My God Again’), the majority of the album is just Jordy, his pensive mind, his captivating voice and his computer.