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LANTERNS ON THE LAKE

GRACIOUS TIDE, TAKE ME HOME

bella union



CD

Released: 8th Sep 2011

£4.99


LP

Released: 8th Sep 2011

out of stock


5 - resident top picks of 2011

newcastle based sextet fuse fragile & graceful folk to the most luminous properties of cinemascope rock on their debut album.

this is an astonishingly beautiful record that fuses a wide range of styles largely topped with hazel wilde’s mazzy star echoing vocals. in places this sounds as if sigur ros was amiina’s backing band with moments of mum like gentleness or low making a beautiful folk album, in others like arcade fire without the bombastic sense of self importance or my latest novel taking on dream academy’s ‘life in a northern town’. using an array of instruments (guitars, violin, mandolin, piano, synths, glockenspiels, kalimba) to paint a variety of stunning vistas there's an undeniable vein of sadness running through this music - ‘ships in the rain’ was prompted by the story of a local fisherman who went missing at sea, while ‘a kingdom’ was inspired by the book of letters sent home by ww2 soldiers – but there is just as much hope in tracks like ‘lungs quicken’ & ‘keep on trying’, where fear & insecurities are banished by self-belief. “slowcore dream-pop bathed in a crepuscular mist of reverb, its lilting acoustic guitars, tinkling glockenspiels & swooning violins evoking a distant, lustrous glow” 4/5 – mojo.

 

GRACIOUS TIDE, TAKE ME HOME

Tracklist

1.     Lungs Quicken            
2.     If I've Been Unkind            
3.     Keep on Trying            
4.     Ships in the Rain            
5.     A Kingdom            
6.     The Places We Call Home            
7.     Blanket of Leaves            
8.     Tricks            
9.     You're Almost There            
10.   I Love You, Sleepyhead            
11.   Not Going Back to the Harbour