Melbournian musician Will Cuming performing under the stage name of Lanks is known to be a triple threat in the industry; boasting a vocal prowess stemming from strong lyric writing, technical proficiency with a guitar & flute and an uncanny ear for music production. Will isn’t the only family member with free-flowing talent as his grandma, Valda Cuming is a renowned artist/painter. Her contributions are noted as collaborating on her grandson’s recent album (art) release, ‘Twentyseven’. Lanks’ “unwavering” admiration for her can be heard on the track – My Artistic Idol.
Another track lifted off his debut record is ‘Horoscopes’ which shares the similarity of idolising a fellow creator who helped Will achieve faith in his artistic direction. The movement of this track is felt from the get-go. Lanks is propelled into the almost bipolar world of the mentor as the first two stanzas reflect opposing ideals. It is understood from the lines “a murmur of silence”, “a light bulb brilliance” which oppose the following mood swing of lyrics “now he’s frowning”, “brushstrokes of mess”. Lanks comprehends if this is how one creates beautiful art at their peak of energetic exertion. The major twist comes in the form of the bridge; Lanks believes the mentor, although showing the “path” for Will, has lost his own “feel” (way). This shift braces the audience for the cliched motif of ‘student-becoming-the-master’. The climatic conclusion reels listeners in to deliver them the knockout blow in the form of “You were something I thought I needed/
But horoscopes ain’t real”. It could be suggested, Lanks needed a helping hand to believe in himself yet no longer chooses to reside his fate in astrology and or other creators. Therefore, shaping his own destiny from here on out.
Stepping back into the role of the ‘fan’, the music production of ‘Horoscopes’ bounces to a quicker tempo proving just how far his electronic development has come. The upbeat nature of the backing track matched with a more powerful tone in vocal delivery, compared to his works as a whole, sets the song up as a confident affirmation of a man progressing nicely throughout his life. Having just reached the age of 27, releasing a debut album with the same number as his age (as the title) and getting married proves this point all the more. Definitely check him out on his run of concerts around Australia in August:
- Friday 3 August – Jive, Adelaide SA
- Saturday 4 August – Mojos, Fremantle WA
- Thursday 9 August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane QLD
- Friday 10 August – Kingscliff Tavern, Kingscliff NSW
- Saturday 11 August – Solbar, Maroochydore QLD
- Thursday 16 August – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle NSW
- Friday 17 August – The Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney NSW
- Saturday 18 August – Uni Bar (Stratton Room), Wollongong NSW
- Sunday 19 August – Transit Bar, Canberra ACT
- Thursday 23 August – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave VIC
- Friday 24 August – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine VIC
- Saturday 25 August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC