TWO LANES is a duo comprised of Berlin-based siblings Leo and Rafa Schmid. The duo has been releasing music since 2018. With a tantalising mix of live instruments, analogue synthesisers and electronic sounds have forged an exciting sound from the creative hub of Berlin.
The last couple of years have seen them release EP’s which have had high critical acclaim, and large streaming numbers to boot. The EP Drifting was released in 2019, and then followed up with Lights in 2020. The latter has clocked up an impressive twenty-five million streams across platforms.
On the cusp of releasing their latest EP, Reflections, TWO LANES has teased out their final single from the EP, “Rolling Back”.
Describing the genesis of the track, the band explained: “It all started with a piano progression that we recorded in our studio in Berlin. We added some atmospheric pad sounds and recorded some percussion loops with our modular system. We like how the texture of these modular bell and pluck sounds blend in with the piano”
“Rolling Back” features Australian songwriter and producer, Panama. He also lives in Berlin, and came across their radar, as they shared with the AU:
“We have been huge fans of Matthew’s work so we decided to reach out and see if he would like to make a music video for “Rolling Back”. When we found out that he lives in Berlin as well we went over to his place and had a nice talk about music, films, and art. Collaborating with someone is all about trusting that they will take something that you have made and put it into their creative perspective. We love the way it turned out and are excited to share it with the world.”
And expanding on his contribution: “We sent this sketch to Jarrah aka Panama and he added some sounds to the production and started to write the vocals for Rolling Back. When he sent back the first version we both absolutely loved it! There is something very ethereal about the way he uses his voice and his overall writing style which is very inspiring and works really well with our musical vision.”
This track has a beautiful delicacy to it. I can see fans of Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens adding this to their playlists.
Their upcoming EP Reflections will be released on Friday, 18th June 2021. You can pre-save it HERE
In the meantime, enjoy “Rolling Back” from TWO LANES, featuring Panama. The video was directed by Matthew Thorne.