Following a national tour, sold-out Melbourne show and exclusive performance for London's Worldwide FM last year plus a recent set at Malasimbo Festival in the Philippines, Laneous (aka Lachlan Mitchell of KAFKA, Laneous & the Family Yah and Vulture St Tape Gang) shares new single ' Hold My Hand'.
'Monstera Deliciosa', a "sublime" and "peerless" effort (Post Mag) and Laneous' debut full-length record, is out 10 May via Soul Has No Tempo, digitally and gatefold LP.
Premiering with Stamp The Wax and Double J Arvos (Aus), 'Hold My Hand' is a nimble work of nu-jazz driven by a haunted staccato bass motif, shuffling drums and harmonious plucked guitar held firmly in place by Mitchell's trademark croon.
Excited to create new music with an artist they’d previously referenced as an inspiration, Paul Bender and Simon Mavin (Hiatus Kaiyote) came on board as players on 'Monstera Deliciosa' swiftly, joined by Hudson Whitlock (Cactus Channel) on drums and Donny Stewart (Jazz Party) on vibraphone and flugelhorn - a key element in bringing Mitchell’s vision of an exotica/soul infused album to life. In classic Laneous fashion, the musical references for the record run deep, winding through an eclectic array of artists from Martin Denny, Burt Bacharach and The Beach Boys to Shuggie Otis, Wild Cookie and Wu-Tang.
The debut single 'Modern Romance' was unleashed in October 2018 with a kinky, captivating visual accompaniment that marked the return of the Laneous legacy. After selling out the Melbourne launch of the single, the band was invited to headline Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM x Northside Records live Melbourne broadcast, teasing exclusive album cuts and drawing high praise from Peterson, stating it was“..one of the most incredible live performances I’ve seen".
Emerging from Brisbane’s music-art bohemian West End in 2008, self-taught, prodigious musician Lachlan Mitchell aka Laneous began his eclectic and colourful journey in music as the leading member of funk band KAFKA, stamping his trademark falsetto croon on an Australian music landscape that wasn’t quite ready for an artist whose standout influence was D’Angelo’s ‘Voodoo’. Word of their talent soon reached UK’s perennial tastemaker Gilles Peterson who featured the band on his compilation, Brownswood Bubblers Four alongside other breakthrough acts at the time, Mayer Hawthorne, Floating Points and Lone.
A world-class guitarist, vocalist, composer, visual artist and – significantly - muse, Mitchell’s unique ability to shine, create and inspire across genres was his obvious forte, even then. Regularly sought after to provide features for other bands and cover art for Hiatus Kaiyote albums 'Tawk Tomahawk', 'By Fire' and 'Choose Your Weapon', he worked diligently to support his community. But while Hiatus’ Nai Palm told media Laneous was “a genius”, he often credited music and drawings to pseudonyms.
In 2016, after 8 years of humbly dominating the Australian underground art, soul and jazz scene (with ‘mutant-soul/croon punk’ cult group Laneous & The Family Yah, reggae band Kooii and improv-jazz-beat trio, Vulture Street Tape Gang) Mitchell relocated to Melbourne - a move that would instigate and inspire the long-awaited debut solo LANEOUS record that fans and peers had been craving for nearly a decade.
Set for release via Soul Has No Tempo in May 2019, Mitchell’s MONSTERA DELICIOSA stands as a sublime genre work, peerless in Australia - his magnum opus bears the name that’s backed him from day one: LANEOUS.
Hold My Hand - Single
Released March 8, 2019
1. Hold My Hand
Written by Laneous
Produced, engineered and mixed by Paul Bender
Mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering
Photography by Wilk
Design by Salmon Design
Management: Ali Tomoana, Gavin Boyd
℗&© 2019 Soul Has No Tempo