JACK LADDER & THE DREAMLANDERS
Release New “White Flag” Single & Video
New Album, Blue Poles, Out May 4 On Terrible Records
“Ladder’s voice has a dusky richness to it that rivals the likes of Nick Cave & Mark Lanegan” – NPR
“Miami Vice synths, Bryan Ferry-style crooning, and a slightly gothic 80’s vibe…are omnipresent [on Playmates].” – Noisey
“80s inspired, rhythmic tone at times, and a dark, thrashing rock n’ roll at others” – Buzzfeed
“Synthy, dramatic ’80s-influenced pop.” – Stereogum
Photo Credit: Kylie Coutts
Since the release of his 2014’s acclaimed album Playmates, Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders has toured and collaborated with: Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Weyes Blood, Father John Misty, Florence and the Machine and of late been touring the US, UK and Europe with dear friend Alex Cameron. Today the band returns with “White Flag,” a first taste from their forthcoming album Blue Poles, due out May 4 on Terrible Records.
“White Flag” is an unlikely love song about surrendering to a prison that binds two people together. In the music video we find him in Indonesia, struggling with a special kind of captivity. “It’s written from two perspectives”, says Ladder. “I didn’t want to duet so I sang both parts. It allows for more mystery.” The video and the forthcoming album maintain the recurring bone dry sense of humour that has been a thread through all of his work.
“I’ve got no fingers left to cross, each time I leave you cut one off.”
“White Flag” Video Is Available To Post/Share
Blue Poles will be the fifth album from one of the most singular characters in Australian music. Sentimental and mournful, sardonic and surreal. Jack Ladder brings that towering and tender baritone to bear on tales of beauty, love, hope and redemption. A master of musical narrative, he conjures lyrics that celebrate the absurdity and sincerity of the human condition in songs that groove in subtle ways.
Blue Poles was recorded at Oceanic Studios in Sydney, engineered by Tim Whitten (The Necks, The Church, The Go-Betweens) and mixed in Los Angeles by Noah Georgeson (Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom). Once again he’s joined by The Dreamlanders, Australia’s very own misfit supergroup made up of Donny Benet on bass, Laurence Pike on drums and this time two guitarists – Kirin J Callinan and Ben Hauptmann. Burke Reid produced HURTSVILLE (2011), Kim Moyes shaped Playmates (2014), but this time Jack Ladder takes total control of his creative process. “Blue Poles is the most melodic thing I’ve ever done”, he reflects. “I really pushed myself into some uncomfortable places.”