I'm Picking Lights in a Field by LanayahRelease date: June 16, 2023
Label: Drongo Tapes
PR people these days quite often label the artists they represent as ‘fairly unclassifiable’, and very often, they have a good reason for that.
And with Lanayah, a collective located both in Santa Barbara, CA and Seattle, WA, and their latest offering I’m Picking Lights in a Field we have a very good example of that ‘unclassifiable’.
You see (and you can certainly hear it on this album), bassist Juno Callender, guitarist Lynn McTague, and drummer Ari Brown combine some true heavy hardcore metal with quite refined shoegaze and touches of light, airy guitars here and there, all with one unifying trademark – it is al loud ’n’ heavy unless noted otherwise.
At the same time, the band is able to overcome the key obstacle such music can present – too much repetition. They vary their sound, going from heavy dark shadows to light fluffy clouds, often within a single song. They are forging some forceful metal one moment and going ambient shoegaze the other.
If you want to count the influences, it just might be a bit hard to do, as we got Skinny Puppy, Xiu Xiu, Godflesh, Animal Collective, Grouper, My Bloody Valentine, and the list simply doesn’t end there.
Yet, the key thing here is that Lanayah were able to neatly wrap up all the influences and present them in a cohesive (and very heavy) whole.