Jordie Lane: Blood Thinner (Vitamin)

 |   |  1 min read

Jordie Lane: Annabelle Marie
Jordie Lane: Blood Thinner (Vitamin)

With very little fanfare at all, this excellent and much acclaimed singer-songwriter out of Melbourne embarks on a New Zealand tour (dates below) and he seems definitely one to catch.

You can always be suspicious when a press release says an artist has drawn comparisons with Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Townes Van Zandt, Ryan Adams and others, but there is ample evidence here in these 12 spare, melodic and often quietly penetrating songs which vindicates the namechecking. And which have touchstones in Anglofolk as much as weary Americana.

Songs like Gram Parsons' I Just Can't Take It Anymore (the sole cover) and Waters Clear Here Dear are beamed in from Dylan around the time of It Ain't Me Babe (without the nasal drawl) and I Sinned Today sounds like one of those alt.universe Springsteen songs when he imagines himself into the Dustbowl (except with a more holy spiritual quality).

Lane has a strong voice which cracks with emotion in all the right places, couches his songs in finger-picked guitars or banjo, pulls you into a lyric (Feet Fall with its "early in the morning, you wrap your legs around me . . .") and like Van Zandt he gives the sense of being an outsider who sees more than most.

He has spent time in the US (Hollywood's Got a Hold Me is here, but it's a character speaking not Lane) and perhaps that is his emotional/musical home, however like fellow Australian Shane Nicholson it is a place he refers to but doesn't exactly inhabit.

And it's not all arcane either, here is On the Net Till Dawn about one of those sad, strange love affairs only possible in the 21st century. 

A solo show by Lane sounds like it could be persuasive. 

JORDIE LANE TOUR DATES

WITH MATT LANGLEY AND MEL PARSONS

November

29th – The Wine Cellar – Auckland

30th – Hamilton Acoustic Music Club – Biddy Mulligans – Hamilton

December

1st – Happy – Wellington

2nd – Fairfield House – Nelson

3rd – Le Café – Picton w/ Luckless & Bond St Bridge

4th – Nor’Wester Café – Amberley

6th – The Church Café – Dunedin

7th – Arthur St Café – Timaru

8th – The Brewery – Christchurch

9th – St Peter’s Hall – Paekakariki w/ The Unfaithful Ways

10th – Eggsentric Café – Whitianga

11th – Tabac – Auckland* w/ Katie Scott & The Miss T’s

*Mel will not play Dec 11th

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Various Artist: LPMT0003 (Loop)

Various Artist: LPMT0003 (Loop)

And the free stuff just keeps coming from the good people at Loop. Here is another mix tape of their artists (including Yesking, Yoko Zuna, Electric Wire Hustle and Sola Rosa) and it is, like... > Read more

Various Artists: The Birth of Surf Guitar Vol 3 (Ace/Border)

Various Artists: The Birth of Surf Guitar Vol 3 (Ace/Border)

It seems odd that surf guitar rock should be so enduring. For some it was just a brief phenomenon of the late Fifties/early Sixties but here at Elsewhere we've recently written about surf... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Mike Nock/Frank Gibson: Open Door (1987)

Mike Nock/Frank Gibson: Open Door (1987)

When expat pianist/composer Mike Nock and Auckland-based drummer Frank Gibson got together in '87 to record these duets both men were at interesting points in their respective but separate careers,... > Read more

EPs by Yasmin Brown

EPs by Yasmin Brown

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column by the informed and opinionated Yasmin Brown. She will scoop up some of those many EP releases, in... > Read more