Lanu, ‘Her 12 Faces’ (TruThoughts)
Essentially the Dap-Kings of Melbourne, the Bamboos are a soul-funk band led by guitarist Lance “Lanu” Ferguson. And while Ferguson’s 2007 solo debut adhered to the jazzy stylings of his day job, Her 12 Faces is winningly all over the place, rooted in comfy vocal cuts featuring rising Aussie indie-pop star Megan Washington. Flitting from Brazilian samba ?(“Hold Me Down”) to Hawaiian hip-hop (“The Coral Route”), Ferguson’s subtle, dexterous arrangements recall those halcyon days of mega-funded Internet start-ups when chill-out CDs flowed like fine wine.