Jordie Lane ‘Blood Thinner’ Album Release and Tour
"He's delivered an intimate, beautifully sombre record that shimmers in the glow of earthy Americana" - Rolling Stone (4 stars)
"You can’t help but cry “genius!” - Rhythms Magazine
"Channelling Parsons, Springsteen and Van Zandt, Lane is an exceptional talent." - MAG
After a long stint in the U.S., Melbourne’s Jordie Lane has returned home with a brand new album in tow.
Blood Thinner is Jordie’s second album and is out now through Vitamin Records. To celebrate the release, Jordie recently completed a national tour of nearly 30 dates across our great big land in July and August.
After spending much of the past year baking in the Californian desert, Blood Thinner marks a sharp and unique turn away from his critically acclaimed studio debut, Sleeping Patterns. Stripping it back to the bare bones, the album was cut entirely on a 4-Track machine to Cassette tapes. With recording taking place in a remote desert motel room, a basement and finally a bleeding hot garage in Eagle Rock, LA, Jordie’s mantra was to use only what was at his immediate disposal, and this led to a plethora of makeshift instruments fashioned from kitchen utensils, wine glasses, Tupperware and boxes.
Despite his lo-fi approach to instrumentation, the record’s production sits at the opposite end of the spectrum, co-produced and mixed by multi Grammy Award winner Tom Biller, (Beck, Kanye West, Elliott Smith, and Fiona Apple) and Mastered by Grammy award winner Reuben Cohen at Lurssen Mastering, Hollywood. Jordie and Tom worked tirelessly every night for 20 days straight, fuelled by Irish whiskey and coffee and a mutual love for the possibilities of the universe.
His journey was not without plenty of twist and turns itself, encountering a mum with a shotgun, sleeping in the room Gram Parsons died in, and a random meeting with Grammy-award winning Producer, Tom Biller in a local bar. The resulting record will have you feeling shades of Springsteen’s Nebraska, elements of the Arcade Fire and Flaming Lips and even a White Album era Beatles vibe.
In Jordie’s words:
“It’s about having too much choice that drives me crazy".
So with the constraints of the 4 track it changes your working environment entirely. “How will I approach getting what I want, but with this limitation in place?” A Boss if you could call it that, saying ‘ok you have 3 others to get the job done, now go and get creative, but no hiring anyone else”
After releasing his highly acclaimed debut album Sleeping Patterns in June 09, Jordie has since played sold-out tours across the country, and has appeared on ABC TV’s Spicks and Specks, and SBS’s RockWiz, as well as being included on Triple J’s “Like A Version Vol 6, for his brilliant version of MGMT’s ‘Electric Feel’ with Jen Cloher.
Jordie has been invited to play shows alongside artists such as Cat Power(USA), Loudon Wainwright III, Neko Case(USA), Charlie Parr(USA), Old Crow Medicine Show(USA) and National tours with locals, Tex Perkins and Ash Grunwald. And Festivals including Port Fairy 07,09,11, Falls Festival 09-10 and West Coast Blues Roots 2010.