LANY are back! Consisting of Paul Jason Klein, Charles Leslie “Les” Priest, and Jake Clifford Goss, their new album ‘Mama’s Boy’’ oozes ‘indie, synth, dream pop’.
LANY’s last album ‘Malibu Nights’, released in 2018, heavily focused on Klein’s recent break up with lyrics and tales highlighting a real vulnerability. Their new album takes a very different approach, heavily influenced by religion and family. Posting on Instagram the band said “I can’t find anything wrong in hoping there’s a God and wanting to believe that you’re alive and here on purpose. This album is us knowing exactly who we are and embracing ourselves fully as a band”. The new album follows that lead from all angles as a catalyst for the band’s growth and change in direction by trying to find answers and meaning in lifes journey.
From the get-go, the album pays homage to home, family and heritage, with Klein singing “Oklahoma, it made a man out of me” in the album’s second track ‘cowboy in LA’. From the very first moments you are catapulted by the intro to this feeling of warmth whilst feeling uplifted with every memory of our own personal ‘you!’ springing to life.
Incorporating the bands’ different upbringings in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri, the opening track ‘you!’, focuses on the difficult times from their youthful environments, focusing on the literal elements of the sun, moon and ocean, and their effect on the workings of the world. Alongside comparisons of the significant others who’ve helped him during his personal struggles, the track closes with a chorus of voices, with the power mirroring the power in numbers when it comes to supporting one another.
As you make your way through the album, which for me has been on repeat ever since its release, you come across ‘if this is the last time’ a perfect homage to his parents, reminising over his youth, the lessons they taught him and the delicacy of life. Questioning how we would spend our final moments if we had knowledge of them. Even the instrumental throughout mimics time ticking by, all before pausing with Klein whispering the line we’ve all heard whilst rushing to grow up ‘Hey you, sit back, don’t go so fast’. As a listener, it’s difficult not go to places of both good and bad. Whether it be memories of family, friends or even things you hold dear Lany encourage over due moments of grattitude and the reality of how fragile time is.
To many, the question of religon which is laced through the album is a straight forward yes or no answer. In truth, like the album highlights, it’s a notion way more complex. The gospel theme throughout ‘i still talk to jesus’, carries this idea that religion is there in moments both good and bad and uncertain. Klein truly encopasses how we look for answers in life and at moments of depseration no matter whether we believe or not we all “still talk to jesus”. Throughout the album it’s something Klein comes back to time and time again, the idea that we all try and do better than yesterday, and whether you find religion or believe in a higher power or not, we all need something to rely on and find hope, whether it be family, friends or god. Once again Lany carry their audiance to new heights.
Words: Alice Gee