Coming strapped with dreamy indie-soaked guitar and a strong lyrical voice to boot, LANES (formerly Sartoria), is excited to show what the whirlwind of growth for them as an artist has brought to the table with new song ‘SAN’, out on all platforms September 10th.
The one man band is made up of leading man Jacob Sartori, a performer who is more than familiar with the Perth live scene. Admittedly, last year saw obstacles but these manifested into a period of growth for the artist.
In a recent post, you said: “I think it’s important for artists to explore different avenues of themselves and their creativity.” Can you explain why you think this is important and how it impacted you in terms of the direction you’ve decided to follow with your music?
I think that continually exploring one's self and their influences not only makes music fresh and exciting for the artist, but also for the listener. This doesn't necessarily mean you have to radically change your sound or genre every record, but I think it's really cool to watch artists discover and experiment with new instruments, sound and lyrical content, demonstrating their versatility and talent as they grow.
For me re-naming this project LANES just felt right. All of the tunes I was writing and the tunes I was collaborating on with my band started to take shape in a very different way than I had initially imagined, moving away from the more singer-songwriter/soft-rock genre to an edgier alt-rock kind of vibe. It also allowed me to dive into parts of my creativity I hadn't before and definitely became more experimental. It feels silly to say, but it kind of feels like there are no rules now. I'm having heaps of fun playing around with new sounds and instruments and am just letting my lyrical content flow super organically.
Initial song releases amassed massive numbers for LANES - 10,000 in total to be exact! Gaining airtime on Triple J and other local radio stations, digital media interviews and podcast appearances were definitely the cherry on top at this time.
How do you feel your music has changed when you compare former release ‘I Wonder’ to your musical vision now?
Well it has very obviously changed genre wise, but I think I write with a little more confidence and freedom now. Also I try not to over think in the writing process as much too, keeping it very organic and trusting my musical intuition a little more. This leaves all the technicalities for the studio, which tends to make it more enjoyable for me anyway. My vision going forward is to keep putting out the best tunes I can and keep letting them turn out exactly how they are meant to, trying not to mould them in any specific direction.
Mostly I want to keep this project fun! I'm in a really good place with music in general at the moment, so I want to just ride that wave and see what comes of it, no matter what that is.
Now back with new track, ‘SAN’, the artist is hoping to jump back onto Perth’s rotation once again. The song hooks you in with some addictive indie guitar and LANES’ mesmerising vocals pull you back to Earth only to keep your foot tapping away long after the song is done.
What is the song ‘SAN’ about and what inspired you to release this track first as a teaser for your upcoming debut album?
I don't want to give away too much for this track, as I feel like it can be interpreted in a few ways for whoever is listening, but I'm mostly touching on themes of uncertainty in oneself. I feel like everyone at some point or another has experienced self-doubt on some level and this is just my way of bottling that feeling in a song I guess.
SAN was definitely one of the stronger tunes that I could have teased and wanted to give listeners something that encapsulated the vibe of the record, but to also get excited about. I think the next single drop will be a little less formulaic to try and show the variety of the record, but either way I am very happy with how SAN came together and I hope everyone enjoys listening to it!
To celebrate the release of ‘SAN’ and LANES’ transformation, there will be a release party at Lyric’s Underground (Maylands) on September 10. Supported by Man Sandal, Busy Mind and Wade Coles DJs, this event is bound to fulfil all your indie alt dreams and warm your heart right up! For more info, click here.