By John-Paul Shiver

Laneous aka Lachlan Mitchell is one of those lyrical bards who uses the voice as an unguarded vessel that commits to revealing the truth of a moment. Hold My Hand, the second single from the début solo project Monstera Deliciosa is a fragile piece of cinematic soul fueled by incremental bass runs and Laneous packing heavy-hearted falsettos that move across snare hits like dew to cedar. Vulnerable and downright shaken, the song immediately longs for your attention.

Produced by Paul Bender of Hiatus Kaiyote and featuring musical contributions Simon Mavin of the same band, alongside Hudson Whitlock of Cactus Channel on drums and Donny Stewart from Jazz Party on vibraphone and flugelhorn, it feels like a Moses Sumney narrative trapped in a David Axelrod film score. 

Hold My Hand picks up in the middle with spirited guitar work that runs directly into a grown folk, complete soul stunner of a bridge. Remember when solid songwriting allowed that? Making this exotica jazz number, not exploitative, just an emotional plea to young lovers. 

Laneous, who emerged from Brisbane’s music-art bohemian West End in 2008, is a self-taught, prodigious musician who began his eclectic journey in music as the leading member of funk band KAFKA. A talented guitarist, vocalist, composer and visual artist, his big break came when he was sought after to provide feature artwork for Hiatus Kaiyote albums Tawk Tomahaw, By Fire and Choose Your Weapon.

Monstera Deliciosa is slated for release May 10th via Soul Has No Tempo

Listen to Hold My Hand