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Music Editorial

lanyband19.jpg How do you pronounce LANY?

Lan-ee? Lane-ee? I’m not too sure, but I certainly know how to enunciate “damn fine indie-synth-dream-pop”. LANY are straight outta the top drawer and will be playing Newcastle University in March.

I may not know how to pronounce LANY but I do know that it stand for Los Angeles New York, which I assume is where the band draw their members from (or maybe they’re from LA but and now reside in NY). And one of those members is frontman Paul Joseph Klein (he’s the one bereft of hat and tache) who was once in a relationship with Dua Lipa, pop music’s latest darling. The operative word here is “once” - they split last year - and he seems to have poured the heartbreak of their conscious uncoupling into LANY’s excellent new album ‘Malibu Nights’. It’s packed with songs called things like ‘Take Me Back’, ‘If You See Her’, ‘I Don’t Wanna Love You Anymore’, ‘Valentine’s Day’ and ‘Thru These Tears’, and it’s basically Bob Dylan’s monumental break-up album ‘Blood on the Tracks’ as reimagined through tremulous synth lines and an industrial amount of yearning. It’s also catchy as cold but fleecily warm and speaks truth to anyone who has ever been on the sticky end of a: “It’s not you, it’s me”.

Lany, Sunday 10 March, Newcastle University Students Union, 7pm, £18. nusu.co.uk