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Monday, October 12

Lanu Announces Return With ‘The Double Sunrise’ Album

Releases First Single “Dragon Sun” feat. Megan Washington

Founding member of The Bamboos, Lance Ferguson has announced a return to his guise of Lanu and revealed his newest single “Dragon Sun” feat. Megan Washington, taken from forthcoming album ‘The Double Sunrise’, set for release early 2016.

Listen to “Dragon Sun” here.

“Dragon Sun” sees Washington’s vocals float gently atop of a bed of enchanting chimes and breezy percussions. Feeling like the first dive into a pristine, empty beach, “Dragon Sun” and ‘The Double Sunrise’ is deeply inspired by the Western Pacific, or South Seas.

The South Seas is a region of the world that has long been romanticised and mythologised. The key musical influence on the album is Exotica, the mid-20th century western musical re-imagining of distant “Shangri-La” like paradises by the likes of Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman. It’s also a place with a very personal connection to Ferguson, who's grandfather, guitarist Bill Wolfgramm, was one of the region’s most important musical pioneers and released New Zealand's very first LP record, 'South Sea Rhythm' in 1957. The history of the South Seas, both real and imagined, seeps through this record.

As on the last Lanu album, 2011’s ‘Her 12 Faces’, Megan Washington contributes vocals and co-writes half of the album. French chanteuse Melanie Pain (long-time vocalist with esteemed French electronica act Nouvelle Vague) contributes two tracks, and The Melbourne Samoan Choir make a soul stirring appearance on the track “Aranui”.

The golden age of aviation from the region also plays a key part on the album. The album's title is taken from the mid ‘40s when air travellers on the Qantas Australia/England Air link viewed two sunrises on one single 24-hour long flight. They were awarded a diploma welcoming them to 'The Secret Order Of The Double Sunrise'. These planes had been a fascination of Ferguson's since his childhood, and track "Aranui" is named after one of the last surviving planes that flew this route.

The memory of a romanticised paradise that’s been left behind is a theme that permeates the album. Bill Wolfgramm was part of the Pacific Islander diaspora when he left Tonga for New Zealand. Similarly, Lance Ferguson left New Zealand more than twenty years ago to relocate in Melbourne, where he remains based today. ‘The Double Sunrise’ explores the fascination outsiders have held of an idealised vision of The South Seas, as well as the very real connections of the album’s creator.

‘The Double Sunrise’ is out Friday, February 5 on Pacific Theatre through Inertia. Pre-orders are available now. 

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