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Vid O’The Week: Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders – Come On Back This Way feat. Sharon Van Etten

Who said music videos needed to be blockbusters to effectively translate an intricate message . Untainted by theatrics,  this could be the most underrated video and song of the year- simply powerful, subtly symbolic, ever endearing and lasting in our minds.

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Immoveable and evocative, Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders’ music video is incredibly subtle, yet you won’t be able to look away – mysteriously compelling .

Alternative synth-pop/rock band from Sydney, Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders have produced this catchy tune which is founded on this steady yet hypnotic 12/8 disco beat. Lead singer Jack has this staunch baritone voice which exudes a nonchalant timbre, and yet remains completely evocative of this tough sadness- kind of like crying without tears.

Jack’s powers of observation and story telling will grab your full attention. The starring synth sequence is so simple yet adds vibrancy to the song. Add some pulsating guitars lines, the beautiful touch of Sharon’s sweet harmonies to contrast that impenetrable baritone, and the hint of tropicana to lighten up the mood and you have yourself a hit! The instrument making that ‘tropical’  sound and better yet who is playing it will come as a surprise- beautiful as it may sound, it’s rather eerie to discover that the pedal steel is played by a man, all covered up with a hooked hand . I swear without that smoky film noir backdrop this character wouldn’t have that shady mysteriousness about him- the dramatic effect of smoke makes everyone look uneasy when they shouldn’t be.

Full of nuances, and easy going dancing, the music video is strangely compelling as you can’t help but stare at Jack and the woman who dances so elegantly and graceful behind him. Red and blues, the colours of love and loss make their mark in the video – Jack stands in the red zone, while the woman stands close by, emotionally detached in her ‘blue’ state of mind. Before you know it you’re going to be mimicking her moves every time you hear this song like it’s a trigger. As the song title suggests, the characters are unwilling to drop their guard and budge from their stubborn position, insisting the other to come running back – Come On Back This Way is immoveable and untouchable in every respect .

With several albums behind him including Not Worth Waiting For (2005), Love Is Gone (2008), and Hurstville (2011), Jack Ladder is set to release Playmates in Australia and New Zealand this November with Come On Back This Way the first track off the album. Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders will be on their Playmates album launch tour on the dates below:

Friday 7th November – Northcote Social Club, Melb

Thursday 13th November – Newtown Social Club, Syd

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