Canberra’s brotherly duo Lavers have returned with an expanded line-up and new single ‘Dream in Japanese’.
‘Dream in Japanese’ sees a real change in direction for the band compared to previous emotionally moving single ‘Our Little Empire’, and I think I am a fan. The new 70s dance influenced tune maintains that element of smoothness that is always present in the vocal department but has buffed it up with some really groovy basslines, and party vibe. Its a pretty sweet tune and reminds me a little of a less electronic Jamiroqui. With a new album and national tour in The Pipeline, The Lavers boys are showing plenty of promise.
Canberra duo Lavers, made up of the two Laver brothers Dom and Sebastian, are due to release their debut 7-track EP ‘Endless Corridors‘ on September 14th. Lucky for us, we have already had a listen and it doesn’t disappoint.
Endless Corridors provides you with a deep insight into the psyche of an despondent newly single individual, with Lavers managing to intimately capture that most delicate mindset. Their songs cover all the emotions, the shock, the hurt, the questions and the sickening ‘what next’ feelings, with the deepness in their lyrics painting a graphic picture of love lost.
‘Lonely Hunter’, ‘Love and Addiction’ and ‘Heard You Call My Name’ all explore solitude and the inability to move on, drawing on classic imagery such as ‘faded photographs’, ‘endless corridors’ and claiming “I want your love”. Each song is accompanied by the soft, tender vocals from Dominic Lavers, which manage to fully encapsulate and communicate the amount of despair in each song. Add the backing by a slender mix of keys, soft percussion and precisely played guitar chords, Lavers create music that is not only moving but easy listening and relaxing.
‘Our Little Empire’ is the lead single and our favourite song off the EP, as the emotion is focused and delivered in a slightly more upbeat and controlled manner, allowing the strength of sadness to be felt but without creating a sense of ‘heaviness’ to the listen.
‘Don’t Drop Stones From Heaven’ is another of the standout tracks on the EP, being underpinned by this fragile but swanky rolling percussion, and a particularly sweet piano solo. It follows the same melancholy subject matter, but the angelic vocals by Dom Lavers seem to be slightly more charming and just hit the spot perfectly.
Whoever the inspiration for ‘Endless Corridors’ was, she was clearly special to one of the Laver brothers, and influenced the creation of a fabulous, intimate and moving EP.
Canberra band Lavers, coincidentally made up of the two Laver brothers Dom and Sebastian, have just released their latest single ‘Our Little Empire’ off their impending 7 track EP ‘Endless Corridors‘.
‘Our Little Empire’ is a delicate and soulful acoustic number, and its easy to see how comparisons to Fleet Foxes and Bryan Adams have arisen. The thing that really stands out about ‘Our Little Empire’ and Lavers songs in general is the deepness to their songwriting. Each track contains a certain amount of emotion, but the boys deliver it in such a focused and controlled manner, as to raise awareness of the issues in the song, without impinging on the quality of listen. With a tagline such as ‘Our little empire’, where better to shoot the film clip than Japan? Matching the emotion in the track, the video clip seems to focus in on the isolation of a people, perhaps best summed up in the lyric “What happened to forever?”.
‘Our Little Empire’ is a great melancholy track, the kind that you appreciate more and more with every listen, and really shows that The Lavers have the songwriting potential to make large stamp on the Australian music scene.