Australian siren Lanie Lane‘s debut single, “What Do I Do” has a soulful, old-time jazzy feel to it. This is no surprise when confronted with her influences — all the truly powerful early jazz singers are there, from Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday to the masterful Nina Simone. Within “What Do I Do” is a hodgepodge of classic sounds, from 50s pop to 30s jazz and blues. Were Lane to have it, she’d probably wander back to the underbelly of those eras — the places where art thrived and mystery hid in dark corners, smoking. She’d be the private eye, the listener her longing customer. And she’s the factory worker that riles the crowd for better treatment. There’s a cool factor to that era that Lane embodies to her very core, and it seeps through with ease in her music.
Download: “What Do I Do” by Lanie Lane