Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders New Album 'Blue Poles' Out Now With New Accompanying Video For 'Susan'
Blue Poles, the fifth album by Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders, is released today via Barely Dressed Records / Remote Control. From one of the most singular characters in Australian Music, Blue Poles is mournful, sardonic and surreal- showcasing an essential voice and master of musical narrative.
To compliment the album release is a mesmerising new video for 'Susan', inspired by 1980's psychic hotline commercial, director Leilani Croucher (from Revolver / Will O'Rourke) interpreted the song as someone looking for answers and in the process "losing themselves in the process to become something else"
Preceding the 'Susan' video we witnessed 'White Flag' and 'Feel Brand New', which together offer aninsight into the breadth of musical feel and emotional complexity of the album. Named after the infamous Jackson Pollock painting, Blue Poles mirrors its qualities- wild splashes of colour, swirls of movement, competing visions spilling out the sides, the struggle for order from chaos. Here we have a musician sustaining an element of looseness, too, leaving him open to whatever floats his way.
In referencing Blue Poles, Ladder is also thinking about the polarities we find within ourselves. The separations of public and private personas and the vacuum of melancholy in the space where the two shall never meet. The polarities of love and hate, success and failure. The result is a glorious celebration of absurdity and sincerity.
Entirely self-produced by Jack Ladder, the nine songs of Blue Poles were recorded at Oceanic Studios in Sydney, engineered by Tim Whitten (The Necks, The Church, The Go-Betweens) and mixed in Los Angeles by Noah Georgeson (Joanna Newsom, The Strokes). Once again he's joined by The Dreamlanders, Australia's very own misfit supergroup made up of Donny Benet on bass, Laurence Pike on drums and this time the twin guitar attack of Kirin J Callinan and Ben Hauptmann.
In just a few weeks the band begin a run of east coast dates to launch Blue Poles. Alex Gow of Oh Mercy has been announced as the support across all three shows. Joining them in Melbourne is Gold Syrup, Sleepclub in Brisbane and Roadhouses in Sydney.
Before that they will continue their opening run for The Killers across Australian areanas along with Alex Cameron, with dates in Melbourne and Adelaide still to come. The Killers recently declared themselves fans by sharing White Flag to their 5 million twitter followers.
You can download or stream Blue Poles here: jack-ladder.lnk.to/BluePolesPR
Or check them out on tour below:
Jack Ladder Upcoming Tour Dates
With The Killers & Alex Cameron
Fri 4 May - Hisense Arena, Melbourne SOLD OUT
Sat 5 May - Hisense Arena, Melbourne
Sun 6 May - Hisense Arena, Melbourne
Tues 8 May - Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Blue Poles Album Tour
Fri 18 May - Corner Hotel, Melbourne
w/ Alex Gow + Golden Syrup
Sat 19 May - The Brightside, Brisbane
w/ Alex Gow + Sleepclub
Fri 25 May - Factory Theatre, Sydney
w/ Alex Gow + Roadhouses
Or check out the new video for 'Susan' below: