For Layne (“LP”) Putnam, music has always been an autobiographical journey, one influenced as much by her personal experiences as outside forces. From the growing pains of her days as a budding musician deep in search of her truest identity and message to her blossomed sound of today, LAYNE represents the evolved stage of the modern-day artist. Putnam made a name for herself as an undiscovered talent tapped from the far off lands in her hometown in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Those formative years in the isolated mountain range set the building blocks for the beginning of the LAYNE style, which was heavily influenced by the geographic imprint of her rural upbringing. From the get-go, Putnam has absorbed inspiration from her immediate surroundings and grew up with a penchant for arts, culture, and architecture foreign to many youth her age. Her introduction to music was partly driven by her musician father, Kenny Putnam, who spent years touring with country icon Roy Clark. It makes sense, then, that for her music became a daily institution. It seemed Putnam was destined for the life of a musician.
“Music has always been the constant in my life,” says Layne Putnam. “It’s always been there for me, and it always will be. It’s always been my purpose and reason and the one thing that no one could ever take away from me. Growing up until now, it’s been my power, my identity, and my best friend.” As with any genuine artist, age begets change, and for Putnam that meant a life transforming, cross-country relocation to her new and current home in Los Angeles. There, through a casual encounter in a coffee shop, Putnam would meet drummer Alexander Rosca, a transplant session player from Portland, OR. They would bond over similar tastes in music, style, and similarities in the places they once called home. It’s in the City of Angels where these messengers of music found and perfected their crafty and heartfelt take of indie pop powered by moody, emotion-laden rock.
Some artists find their calling early in life. Such is the case with breakout art-pop, multi-instrumentalist and San Diego native Jordan Cantor, who goes by the moniker Somme. After teaching herself guitar at age 6, Jordan was well on her way to writing songs only a few years later. Not content with guitar alone, she mastered drums and bass by 12 and in high school graduated to performing in a local indie-rock band Traffic Bear.
Aiming at a higher education Jordan tested the waters at The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU, but opted for moving to Los Angeles to get first hand experience in the music industry with an internship at the management company Killphonic, who now look after her professional career.
Jordan's move to LA reignited her creative fire and led to the creation of her art-pop persona, Somme. Drawing inspiration from idols like Robyn, Fleetwood Mac and Lorde, Jordan entered the studio in 2017 to record her debut, self-titled EP. After a year and a half of writing and recording, she emerged, fully embracing her new identity Somme, with a stunningly beautiful record that melds mesmerizing pop hooks, soul-gripping vocals and moody electronics.
In writing her debut, Jordan peals back the layers to reveal her vulnerable side. Tapping into intimate experiences, the record's lyrics have an overarching theme about a relationship, that while brief had a lasting impact on her. Honesty pours out on tracks like "Tell Me," which is her most personal song about a friend's battle with addiction, and the LGBTQ love song "Long Time," about a short lived relationship that went nowhere and the headtrips that ensued.
While Jordan's musical seeds were planted years ago, with Somme's upcoming release they'll now see full bloom. Her debut EP will be released Spring 2018. Follow her at https://www.facebook.com/sommesongs.