366 for 2016: Day 3 – Lansing-Dreiden, “A Line You Can Cross”

LansingDreidenHave you ever heard a song by a band and fallen so hard for it that you immediately knew that the band would be on your must-buy list for the long haul, only for the band to disappear and never release anything else? If so, then you’ll appreciate why I find myself just a little bit bummed out every time I hear Lansing-Dreiden’s “A Line You Can Cross.”

To be honest, I don’t really know the whole story on Lansing-Dreiden. I guess they’re more than just a band, extending their artistic endeavors beyond music to include drawing, collages, sculpture, and video. I’ve never really explored anything other their music, though, unless you count the music video for “A Line You Can Cross,” which – just to cause confusion – features a band that apparently isn’t actually Lansing-Dreiden performing the song. Not that it matters, really: it’s the song itself that’ll blow you away.

“A Line You Can Cross” was released in 2006, and when I first heard it, I felt like I’d stumbled onto a great lost ’80s track. It’s a deliciously moody synth-driven song that I can listen to over and over again without ever getting tired of it. The Dividing Island, the 2006 Lansing-Dreiden album which features the song, is pretty strong throughout, but it’s “A Line You Can Cross” that made me an instant fan…and, as I hinted at in the opening paragraph, it’s also the song that’s left me frustrated that the band released one more EP – 2008’s Tri – and has been quiet ever since. Indeed, their website is now defunct, so if they do still exist as a musical collective, they’re doing it off the grid.

Actually, come to think of it, I don’t suppose I’d put it past them to go that route. They were pretty artsy.

Wherever Lansing-Dreiden may be, I’ll just say that they put out one of the best songs of 2006, it still kicks ass, and I’m still waiting for more music.

To purchase a copy of Lansing-Dreiden’s The Dividing Island, click right here!

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