Electronic music has soared to great heights over the last decade, but while many have focused their efforts on EDM, others are going back to the roots of digital recording.
From 1975’s “Love Me” to Charli XCX’s “Body of My Own” as shared on The Odyssey, modern pop, indie and alternative musicians are seeking inspiration from the 80s. Some even sound like they’re straight out of the era, composing songs that are quite honestly refreshing in the global music industry that’s currently dominated by The Chainsmokers, and any other producers that match their aesthetic. One of these groups that we’re featuring today is the three-piece outfit hailing from Los Angeles, better known as LANY, short for Los Angeles New York.
An alternative rock/indie pop band that formed back in March 2015, lead vocalist Paul Jason Klein is a former model and solo artist who flew to Nashville to meet up with Jake Clifford Goss and Les Priest. The first two tracks that debuted on Soundcloud were “Hot Lights” and “Walk Away.” Without revealing any of their identities, they released single after single, finally exposing who LANY (pronounced lay-nee) really were.
Even though no one knew or heard of LANY before the big reveal, their songs generated a massive online following, and the reason for this is because of how much of a standout they are in the music industry. Frontman Klein tells Teen Vogue in an interview, “I think the magic of LANY just happened by the three of us bringing our influences and experiences to the table and together we just formed our sound.” They may not have an exact definition of what genre they fall under, but there’s no doubt that they are pretty nostalgic over 80s electronic beats.
When we look back to the 80s, a lot of the images that come to mind are statement shoulder pads, neon lights and big hairstyles. As for 80s music, we even see it honoured in the form of digital titles. Gaming portal Slingo have indicated in their themed game Neon Staxx that the decade was defined by the blaring synthesisers, and with the number of artists listed on The Lala, including LANY, reminiscing and using that synth pop sound, it’s clear that the 80s are back with a vengeance.
Currently in the middle of their worldwide tour, kinda has been extended to the middle of July, with the remaining gigs located in Asia, Europe, Canada and the US. They expect to release their debut studio album on June 30th, with pre-orders available now on their website.
Here is the complete tracklist for their debut album:
1) Dumb Stuff
2) The Breakup
3) Super Far
5) Flowers On The Floor
11) Good Girls
14) Purple Teeth
15) So, Soo Pretty
16) It Was Love
You can listen to their tracks from previous EPs on SoundCloud or Spotify, or download their songs through Apple Music.