Shady Lane - Built Guilt
Jordy ‘Shady’ Lane has grown from the solo act of debut album Here We Go down the Black Hole and welcomed in the likes of Conrad Richters on bass, Sarah Jullienne on synth, and Pete Avard on drums under the umbrella that is Shady Lane. Psychedelic-pop is the flavour Shady Lane is dishing up and Built Guilt plays out with menagerie of sounds and overlapping brashness. The album teetering ever so closely to being over indulgent with creativity, allows for periodic moments of respite from the onslaught of experimentation. Alas the crafting of new sounds should be commended, from the whimsical tones of a 70’s Farfisa Organ to the $2 microphone made from a speaker cone, Built Guilt for the most part pulls them all together to make for an adventurous listen.
Jordy Lane attempts to decode the universe with his lyrical rambling’s and cloudy vocal styling. Three particular tracks which stretch the bounds of the album in different directions include Fun ‘n’ Stuff, a spunky jam which delves into overcoming the devil’s vice on a troublesome day; What Future? whereby the vocals are rested and the make-shift warble of the ‘speaker-cone microphone’ sparks intrigue and Stretching Meds over Mr Spit which takes you on a drug-induced liberation of nourishing value. Each mad song on the album fits suitably in place like a cryptic jigsaw. Smattered with flailing charm and pop hooks to catch your attention this Sydney four-piece is surely set to test their vista.