Some may have been dubbed it ‘Rainway’ when it debuted early this year, but the stormy showers and sploshy mud did not dampen the spirits of thousands of indie music fans who were enthralled by the likes of Warpaint, Deerhunter, Yeasayer and The Temper Trap.
Chugg Entertainment, the organizer of the festival has just announced the lineup of next year’s installment. Slated to be held on February 12, 2012 at Fort Canning Park, Laneway Festival 2012 promises to be bigger and better, with a bigger lineup of acts and even two stages.
Hailed by Brian Eno as "the best thing since Patti Smith," singer-songwriter Anna Calvi will be making her debut here. The Mercury Prize-nominee and axe-wielding goddess, hailed by the BBC’s Sound of 2011 as one of the year’s most promising new artists, is an emotional seductress when it comes to her haunting cinematic arrangements.
Made up of Katie Stelmanis (vocals), Maya Postepski (drums, programming) and Dorian Wolf (bass), Toronto based outfit Austra’s penchant for goth-tinged electronica has found fans wherever they go. Fans of Kate Bush will love their brand of brooding music which is infused with a heavy, seedy dose of ‘80s British New Wave.
Brooklyn electro-indie duo Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberley AKA Chairlift replaces Brit act Wu Lyf. Known for busting out oodles of looped synths and hypnotic vocal effects, the pair have made a name for themselves after the release of their debut album, “Does You Inspire You.” The album also received an extra promotional boost when "Bruises" appeared in an iPod commercial.
More haunting melodies can he heard from Brooklyn-based act Cults. Their music can easily be described as a mix of '60s girl-group pop and fleeting lo-fi recordings with some mysterious cult ramblings thrown in for good measure.
The feisty queen of alt-folk, Leslie Feist has been wowing music lovers with her ethereal soul ballads and sensuous vocals. Her 2004 Juno award winning album Let It Die led right into 2007’s The Reminder, which earned her four Grammy nominations and six Juno wins. Her latest album, Metals, was released just months ago to critical acclaim. In addition to her spectacular solo efforts, she has also collaborated with Broken Social Scene, Peaches, Kings of Convenience and The New Deal.
They may call themselves Girls but this band is actually made up of two men--Christopher Owens (singer) and bass player Chet "JR" White. The San Francisco-based band’s heartfelt songs, which evoke comparison to such great American songwriters as Brian Wilson, Elliot Smith, Daniel Johnston and Cole Porter, gained the band immediate widespread recognition with the release of their first album, Album, in 2009.
Singer/songwriter Laura Marling was only 16 years old when she emerged on the British indie scene in 2007 thanks to a handful of infectious singles made available on her MySpace profile. Now 21, the folk songstress’ first two albums were nominated for the prestigious UK and Ireland Mercury Prize and she won the NME 2011 award for Best Solo Artist, beating out the likes of Kanye West and Florence and the Machine. Her latest album, A Creature I Don't Know, was released in September, 2011.
Synth-rock masterminds Anthony Gonzalez and Nicolas Fromageau or otherwise known as M83 have been on the indie circuit for the past decade, churning out their brand of upbeats swirls of electronica laced with hints of shoe-gaze and New Wave. Their latest album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is a culmination of influences from every M83 album ever produced-- heavy percussion, electronic tones and faraway vocals. We love it, and so should you.
Brooklyn indie pop outfit The Drums, one of indie’s rising stars, are making their way back to Singapore. Hopping between influences that span the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's, Jonathan Pierce, Jacob Graham and Connor Hanwick saw their love of The Smiths, Joy Division and more channeled into their first EP Summertime and later a self-titled album.
Definitely one of our favourite bands of the decade, The Horrors blend of garage rock, rave and punk is not for the faint hearted. They’ve seen ditched their gloom-doom Goth look for more experimental and psychedelic take on music that recalled shoegazers like Jesus And Mary Chain. Skying, the follow up to the Mercury Prize-nominated Primary Colours, has been the deserving recipient of rave reviews that claim it to be The Horrors' best album yet.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Indie shoegazers The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s blend of sugary pop topped by loads of guitar fuzz has been receiving a lot of positive reviews from the music press. After garnering widespread acclaim with their out-of-nowhere 2009 debut, the band followed it up with the equally stunning Belong
The alter ego of George Lewis Jr, Twin Shadow dishes out New Wave-tinged pop which is a healthy slice of '80s nostalgia, with inspirations from Depeche Mode to New Order evidently clear. Check out his interview with inSing here.
Toro Y Moi
The brainchild of Chaz Bundick, Toro y Moi started in 2001 as a bedroom project but quickly grew into the live performance realm. The songs are born from a plethora of different genres, from freak-folk to R&B to French House. The act just released a brand new EP, Freaking Out.
London alt-noiseniks Yuck captures the frayed noise and hooky, guitar-driven melodies of '90s rock (Dinosaur Jr, Pavement, Sonic Youth).
|01:50 pm - 02:20 pm||CULTS|
|03:15 pm - 03:55 pm||CHAIRLIFT|
|04:45 pm - 05:25 pm||GIRLS|
|06:15 pm - 07:00 pm||ANNA CALVI|
|07:50 pm - 08:35 pm||LAURA MARLING|
|09:30 pm - 10:15 pm||TORO Y MOI|
|11:15 pm - 12:00 am||THE HORRORS|
|02:30 pm - 03:10 pm||YUCK|
|04:00 pm - 04:40 pm||AUSTRA|
|05:25 pm - 06:10 pm||THE DRUMS|
|07:05 pm - 07:45 pm||TWIN SHADOW|
|08:40 pm - 09:25 pm||THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART|
|10:20 pm - 11:10 pm||FEIST|
|12:05 am - 12:55 am||M83|
Ticket sales are open to all Visa card holders from November 14, while public sales from November 28 for $135, excluding a $3 booking fee from Sistic.