With Laneway less than a week away we’ve put together our top picks for the Festival – miss them at your own peril!
In 2014, Fader published an article praising the young 21-year old Alex Giannascoli as “the internet’s secret best songwriter,” remarking on the University junior’s knack for off-kilter bedroom pop and his prolific output on Bandcamp. Since then, Alex has found himself eight albums deep, the most recent effort Rocket (2017) standing as a thorough exploration of country and experimental stylings.
As far as recent big name band reunions have gone, Slowdive have fared better than most. Almost twenty two years since their last studio record, the band’s self-titled fourth LP stunned shoegaze fans with it’s crisp and immense sound. Expect a huge crowd for this set.
Certainly one of the real standouts in local music in the last few years, Stella Donnelly showed how unapologetic lyrics, sparse acoustic guitar and vocals is all that’s needed to craft songs capable of exciting a nation. Her debut EP Thrush Metal is a bold statement and consolidates her as must see act this Laneway.
Canadian nu-jazzcats BadBadNotGood have had an incredible last few years. Collaborations with MF Doom, Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt and co. have rocketed their incredible mix of jazz and hip-hop instrumentals to the masses and they’ve never looked back. Certainly a shot for most exciting live band at the festival.
New Zealand songwriter Aldous Harding’s unique mix of folk, chamber pop and theatrics is one to be heard to be believed. After releasing her self-titled album in 2014, her 2017 follow up Party was an exercise in sparse, earnest songwriting. An absolute essential for Laneway this year.