June 30th sees the release of the eponymous debut album from American dream-pop trio, LANY – representing a culmination of 3 years of successful tours and releases since they formed in 2014. Having already released singles ‘ILYSB’, ‘Good Girls’, ‘It Was Love’, ‘The Breakup’ and ‘13’, at the time of writing, LANY is presented as a series of tales of heartbroken teenage angst with hard-hitting choruses and to-the-point lyrics. ‘The Breakup’ being a solid representation of this with the line “’He’s a total dick’, is my reputation now round town” before the somehow catchy chorus of “you think you want to be alone, just wait until you’re crying on the shower floor.” In fact, all the singles seem to stick to that same template, yet they’re all solid pieces individually.
The rest of the album is no different, except for mainly instrumental intro ‘Dumb Stuff’, wholly instrumental “So, Soo Pretty”, and interlude “Parents” – an incredibly sweet recording of a voicemail sent to drummer Jake Goss by his mother. The infectious pop is truly that, whilst being incredibly simple, verging on immature, lyrically, it doesn’t matter when you’re actually crying on the shower floor singing along. Most of the verses are left feeling underwhelmed and unsure before being plunged into cool, catchy, addictive choruses that leave you relieved that there are 13 of them to feast on. After listening to this album, Paul Klein’s lyrics will be in your head and you will love it.
Highlights, apart from the singles, all of which stand out as certified bangers, are ‘Super Far’, which, unsurprisingly, is the next single – although sounding slightly like The Chainsmokers, redemption is found in a chorus which includes an apparent (probably not) reference to ‘If You’re Happy and You Know It (Clap Your Hands)’. ‘Hericane’ struck me because of the title, stemming from the line “Maybe you’ve been a storm all this time, a Hericane”, I’m still unsure whether I like the pun but I do like the song, especially the chorus. ‘Hurts’ also fulfils all the credentials of a single, with a solid chorus and lyrics focusing on the grass not always being greener – one of the better songs on the album lyrically.
At first listen, I wasn’t sold on this album, but each time I’ve gone back I’ve liked it more and more. LANY would fit perfectly into the soundtrack of any romantic teen flick, if not its own movie, and the world is richer for it.
http://thisislany.com/By Will Strickson