By now we don’t need to tell you that Lanu is the solo recording nomme-de-guerre of Lance Ferguson, band leader of the mighty Bamboos, whose long player, ’4′, we included as one of our top 5 albums of 2010. So, is ‘Her 12 Faces’ just a distracting side project or a solo tour-de-force? (Note to self: really must try to stop using French clichés for the rest of this review). The style and feel of the album is distinctly less funky than The Bamboos, a much more melodic sound, almost indie-pop, with Lance’s guitar and vocals (predominantly provided by Megan Washington, a rising star in Australia) very much to the fore. What becomes immediately clear as the songs cycle through, even during the very first listen, is that this is, beyond doubt, a stand-out album, par excellence (whoops, done it again). Normally, when writing reviews, it becomes quite obvious which are the tracks that we want to preview to you, but on ‘Her 12 Faces’ there isn’t one track that doesn’t deserve highlighting. As well as the jaunty ‘Beautiful Trash’ (which we covered previously), the grand, sweeping ‘Fall’ and spacey sounds of ‘Jean Paul’, there is the simply beautiful ‘The Coral Route’, a tribute to Lance’s Hawaiin guitar-playing father, and a cover of Roxy Music’s ‘More Than This’ sung in French, which makes the song seem to sound like it was written in that language. It is difficult to fault this album; from the initial delight of the first listen, its pleasures seem to grow with each play. ‘Her 12 Faces’ is out now on Tru Thoughts Records.
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Listen to ‘Fall’ by Lanu
Listen to ‘The Coral Route’ by Lanu
Listen to ‘More Than This’ by Lanu