JUNE 18 2020 – 9:00AM
REVIEW: Jae Laffer – The Long Daydream
- Josh Leeson
DREAMER: Jae Laffer.
AS the frontman of Perth indie-rock band The Panics, Jae Laffer, contributed to two of the finest Australian albums of the 2000s in Sleeps Like A Curse (2005) and Cruel Guards (2007).
There was always an Australian cinematic quality to The Panics, like a golden sunset fleshed out in a Tim Winton novel. Laffer has amplified that cinematic vibe on his second solo record The Long Daydream.
Hotel Motel floats on nostalgic Chris Isaak-style guitar and the opening Make Up Your Mind makes beautiful use of Melbourne artist Rowena Wise’s harmonies.
It’s obvious Laffer is using the eight-track record to explore various musical avenues. Some Boys Never Learn carries an almost power ballad vibe, before he takes a left-turn into spaghetti western territory on Passiona.
Elsewhere there’s Rubber Soul-era Beatles on We Were Just Getting Started, before Laffer again takes us on a cinematic journey on the lush Mettams Pool Melody and western-inspired Pack Of Camels In The Sun.
The Long Daydream plays out like a eclectic film, and one worthy of repeat viewings.