Happy release day, Lanterns on the Lake!

There’s nothing spooky about this Friday the 13th! Everyone at the label would like to wish Lanterns on the Lake’s new album ‘Beings’ a very happy release day – we love this band.



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Work on Beings began in February 2014, hard on the heels of successful tours of Europe and North America. It proved to be a productive period. “The ideas came effortlessly and in abundance,” vocalist Hazel Wilde says of the writing process. “At first we had no expectations, no prescribed ideas of how we wanted the songs to turn out. We were just writing and playing together because that’s what we’d always done.”

This was made possible by their setup, working in splendid isolation; writing, rehearsing and recording in their Newcastle rehearsal room meant the results were undiluted by outside influence. Imaginatively produced and mixed by guitarist Paul Gregory, it’s also his experience that helped yield such compelling results. This allows Beings to move seamlessly from airy, chiming beauty to dense, forbidding soundscapes – sometimes in the same song – while still feeling like the product of a cohesive unit, retaining the band’s spark. “We wanted it to be more raw,” Wilde says of the record. “At its darkest points, we wanted it to feel like you’d dived into the deepest part our dreams and were taking a look around. At its lightest we wanted it to feel like you were coming up for air.”

Opening song ‘Of Dust and Matter’ strikes just such a balance. The band’s most sinister moment yet, it prowls out of a burble of radio static and feedback, propelled by ominous piano chords as its menacing pulse builds to a tumbling climax of almost discordant, warped guitar parts and the fractured drumming of Ol Ketteringham. “In my greatness I vowed to destroy all I am,” Wilde sings. “It brings out the best in me.”

It’s an interesting early lyric, and it soon becomes apparent that this is a braver, more headstrong Lanterns on the Lake, a band now less about floating on water than racing across land, eager and with points to prove. Often their melancholy necessarily turns to action. “Fractured lives like faultlines, unto the breach my friends if you will” is Wilde’s call to arms on ‘Faultlines’, a critique of austerity, as the band turn in a cavalry charge with her voice as the clarion call.

Wilde’s lyrics also shudder with evocative and often surprisingly dark imagery in songs that attempt to understand the world around her, built from charged moments of universal insight. “There is a sense of the need to connect to something; the need to find meaning,” she says of the material. “There’s such frustrating injustice in the world, yet this feels like a time of disconnection where we’re encouraged to celebrate the shallow side of culture. This record carries that sense of yearning for something greater.”

This gives Beings immediacy, depth and resonance as it touches on community, love, culture, politics and self-examination, and our own place and limitations within each. “I want to walk with the brave, give me a good day, I want to feel human” Wilde sings on the graceful ‘I’ll Stall Them’, exploring the importance of connection, kinship and reconciliation.

Beings is the engrossing product of a band operating in total harmony to the point where their music creates its own idiosyncratic world whilst also distilling outside concerns into it. The horizons open to Lanterns on the Lake are now as broad as the sweep of these beautiful songs.

Beings is out now.


Lanterns on the Lake – Through The Cellar Door

NPR are streaming Through The Cellar door, from Beings (due this Friday) on their website now!


Catch Lanterns around the UK very soon:

Sunday 29th November – CARDIFF – The Globe
Monday 30th November – BRIGHTON – The Haunt
Tuesday 1st December – LONDON – Moth Club
Wednesday 2nd December – MANCHESTER – Ruby Lounge
Thursday 3rd December – LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club
Friday 4th December – GLASGOW – King Tuts

Saturday 6th February 2016 – GATESHEAD – Sage tickets (with the Royal Northern Sinfonia)

exmagician // Debut EP Trailer

EXMAGICIAN is the collaboration between longtime friends Danny Todd and James Smith. The Belfast duo will release their self-titled debut EP ‘exmagician’ on Friday 20th November via Bella Union.


Pre-order the EP here.

A multifaceted, sonic adventure that provides a perfect introduction to the band.

You can check out the first single ‘Kiss That Wealth Goodbye’ below…

exmagician – ‘Kiss That Wealth Goodbye’

Danny and James last broke cover as the songwriters behind Cashier No.9, whose lush, David Holmes-produced album To The Death Of Fun (Bella Union) brought them critical acclaim (Best Album at the NI Music Awards, shortlisted for Best Album of 2011 by the Irish Times), strong radio support from BBC 6 Music, Radio 1 and Radio 2 and a string of sold-out club dates and major festival appearances across the UK and Ireland.

Since then the pair have moved on and returned with something new. Self-written and produced with the help of Rocky O’Reilly (And So I Watch You From Afar, General Fiasco, Mojo Fury), their first EP as exmagician leaves behind the Laurel Canyon sheen of Cashier No.9 in favour of something louder, fuzzier and grittier, born of a playful attitude, greater confidence and a load of new pedals and synths. “It’s the dirt under the fingernails,” says Danny with a smile.

The musical reinvention is apparent from the very first seconds of opening track Kiss That Wealth Goodbye, which steams in with a filthy riff, the product of a guitar and a synth melding together so you can’t tell which is which – a feature of the album. “It’s like early Beefheart meets Add N To X,” says Danny – a measure of just how broad the duo’s influences are. “David [Holmes] lent me a Korg MS-20 and then I bought one myself. That synth shaped a lot of the record.”

‘Kiss That Wealth Goodbye’ will be released as a digital EP on 20th November 2015.

Happy release day to LOWLY!!

Today Danish-quintet LOWLY release their new EP Sink Way Into Me via Bella Union digitally as well as on limited edition vinyl. Artwork and tracklist below:


1. Fire

2. S.W.I.M.

3. Intruder

4. Unveil

The band have also shared a video for EP track S.W.I.M. which is premiering over on Noisey now.

“Have you even seen a video as gorgeous and repungent as this? I mean, seriously. Look at the it. We’re introduced to creepy crawlies slithering in and out of brussel sprouts. We lay our eyes on flies divebombing into champagne flutes. We see some crazy worm peeking out from the inside of an apple. Essentially: this video is the most beautiful thing we’ve seen that features both bugs and food. More than that though, it’s a good track too – which is the latest from Danish band Lowly and called “S.W.I.M”.”

Lowly appeared out of nowhere in April 2014 with the release of the bewitching ‘Daydreamers’ The sound, already so rich and full, was like being put under a magical spell.

Initially brought together- in hindsight I’d suggest by a visionary alchemist-purely to fulfil part of a short music project at the school they all attended, Nanna, Thomas, Steffen, Kasper and Soffie immediately found the chemistry so many musicians search years to find.

 The individual influences of each, so different it seemed to begin with, truly give Lowly that unique sound, one that has been developing over the course of the last year. Recent shows and festivals have been received ecstatically and we were lucky enough to witness one of those performances at Spot Festival earlier this year. Quite simply, Lowly are one of the best young bands i have seen live in a long time. The music is at times intricate yet deep and sensual, the fascinating rhythms of drummer Steffen a perfect counterpoint to the gorgeous melodies of Soffie and Nanna. The overall effect of this in tandem with the liquid bass and keyboard lines creates a set that has you on the verge of crying and dancing all at the same time. There isn’t a band out there today like them, which is thrilling. To make music that is both emotional and influential at this early stage, shows that Lowly a band of limitless possibilities.

LOWLY will be visiting these shores in November to play a handful of shows. Dates below…

Sunday 29th November – Brighton, Mutations Festival

Monday 30th November – Bristol, Start the Bus (Free show)

Tuesday 1st December – London, Servant Jazz Quarters