The brilliant new single from the US-based duo LANNDS will feature on their upcoming EP Lotus, set for release on November 20th
This might be the first time you’re reading about LANNDS on our page, but it won’t be the last! This dynamic duo has got something pretty unique cooking with their DIY-spirited experimental blend of deep bass, synth-driven, psychedelic soundscapes and dreamy pop vocals. Their latest single “o.o.w” showcased this perfectly, but so does their newest addition to the repertoire “ninety-four”.
“ninety-four” is more than ‘just’ musical craftwork; it’s an empowering and important piece of art for our time. In their own words, it’s about being free, staying true to yourself, being radical and allowing yourself to take up space. Singer Rania Woodard says:
“In my notes when I first started writing lyrics, I have the words ‘boastful’ and ‘proud’ as some keys words to help shape some of the lyrical content. I think it in so many ways represents the feelings a lot of people of colour feel right now, especially with BLM and the way the world is operating right now. I want this song to be a representation of us and our time and I want people to know that we were on the right side of history.”
The duo went for a ‘triumphant’ feel in the production, and that word is definitely fitting for the 3,5 minutes of heartfelt, majestic and hard-hitting sound that this alternative pop gem brings to the table.
“I want this song to be a representation of us and our time and I want people to know that we were on the right side of history.”
Being a queer, Black woman living in the South doesn’t sound like the recipe of acceptance in a world like ours, but this is the reality that Memphis-born singer, songwriter and guitarist Rania Woodard faced when she and producer Brian Squillace formed LANNDS – an artistic outlet embracing all the progressiveness they felt was lacking in Jacksonville, Florida where the two met.