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Lanks – Thousand Piece Puzzle EP

Lanks wows us yet again with the release of his debut solo EP, Thousand Piece Puzzle. That same elegiac aesthetic we heard in Rises and Falls earlier this year is conveyed in the Melbourne musician’s first offering, a collection of six impressive gems.

lanksLanks’ Thousand Piece Puzzle EP is just that – crossing between genres and splitting it’s influences to bring you 6 dynamic tracks of musical gems.

Thousand Piece Puzzle is an eclectic hybrid of electronic, ambient and acoustic music driven by a classic folk sensibility, expertly whipped up into a six track EP. Lanks, also known as Will Cuming, continues to journey into new musical realms, experimenting with flutes, synths, dream pop and indietronica. The EP, which dropped last week, was written and recorded in Cuming’s own bedroom (bar some recording on Knife and Spear).

The completely self-produced EP is a resplendent extension of the breathtaking Rises and Falls which we heard back in January. Thousand Piece Puzzle’s opener Boniki, is a chilled out, dreamy affair, decorated with instrumental percussion, airy vocals and delicate guitar riffs.

Rises and Falls tells a haunting narrative through glitchy beats and hypnotising vocal delivery with dark and deep undertones. Almost like a synopsis of a Frank Miller movie, The Butcher shares the eerie tale of a sword-wielding butcher who sells human meat, through sophisticated layers of echoed vocals and flutes.

Green Light is the third single from the EP, and features fellow Farrow bandmate Jess Bonnitcha, who creates a sunny juxtaposition against the rich tones of Cuming’s voice.

Knife and Spear, the EP’s second single, returns to Cuming’s storytelling characteristic, threading together a colourful narrative with melodious harmonies and beautiful folky guitar. Concluding with Lady Elliot, the flute-driven track is a stunning outro to Lanks’ debut record.

The Thousand Piece Puzzle EP is out now on iTunes and Bandcamp. Lanks will launch his EP in Melbourne at The Grace Darling Hotel on the 20th of June and Sydney at Upstairs Beresford on the 27th of June.

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June 18, 2014

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