Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders already released their album Playmates in New Zealand and Australia, but then Fat Possum picked up on the Australian band and opted to put it out in North America, Mexico, South America and Japan this year. In America, the record comes out on 2/24, so I’ve only just been alerted to their particular brand of synthy, dramatic ’80s-influenced pop. Sharon Van Etten lent her vocal talents to the project, but be warned that this band does not sound like Van Etten. The closest companion to Playmates I can think of right now is White Lies, who also have a vocalist with one of those deep, baritone deadpan vocal styles. Kim Moyes of the Presets handled production duties, and the Dreamlanders lineup includes Kirin J Callinan, Laurence Pike of PVT, and Donny Benet. Stream Playmates below.
Playmates is out 2/24 via Fat Possum.