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Brad Laner: "Out Cold"

On his debut solo release, Neighbor Singing, Brad Laner mixes lush harmonies with gentle melodies and a subtle but densely layered pastiche of electronics. Based in Granada Hills, Calif., Laner's music could be called electro-psychedelic-folk. But he likes to keep listeners guessing as each track morphs seamlessly into new forms, taking unexpected sonic directions that don't fit neatly into any standard category. Laner's is a blissful world rooted as much in '60s psychedelia as in 21st century pop.

Brad Laner has been making music in various bands for nearly 30 years and has released dozens of albums. But he calls Neighbor Singing his first "proper solo release."

A multi-instrumentalist, Laner was the drummer for Savage Republic and the guitarist for Medicine. He later formed the band Electric Company, releasing 10 albums in 10 years. Laner took a short break from the music business after the birth of his son in 2004. Neighbor Singing is his first project since returning.

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