“Talented Mancunian goes old-school on outstanding third” 9* UNCUT
“Itchily infectious” NME
As her name indicates LoneLady writes, performs and records all the components of her music, building up her own soundworlds in a solitary creative process. Whereas previous albums at least allowed the occasional appearance of another human – a drummer – with Former Things even that has now gone.
This time, LoneLady has programmed all the beats and sequences, swapping her Telecaster guitar for an eclectic selection of synthesisers and hardware, their limitless creative potential providing the foundations to take the album in a new direction.
At the heart of this album is a compendium of drum machines, sequencers and synths, taking Julie Campbell’s music into a more electronic and dance floor-driven place, which still taps into her earlier- reaching techno compositions and post-funk guitar playing. Raw synths and beats hit hard in contrapuntal sequences and patterns that funk and crunch their way across eight uptempo tracks. It’s a step beyond the musical landscape of her Hinterland album which cut through with a scratchy punk- funk, funk-pop and longer-leading six-minute dance track sound which achieved four A-List singles on BBC6Music; or the stark and choppy guitar playing of her debut Nerve Up.
AGENT: Rob McGee