7/10 Clinton Staff review, 04 October 2013
Lanterns on the Lake. A band who, if you read the internet regularly, are pretty much universally loved. People utterly worship them. I saw this with my own eyes when I witnessed them live and seemed to be the only person in the room not moved to tears. It's easy to see why they appeal, they marry winsome, emotive songwriting with massive post rock dynamics, the music is heartfelt yet big and everything happens when you most expect it.
Opener ‘Elodie’ is HUUUGE. It's a massive step up from their previous folkier album ‘Gracious Tide, Take Me Home’, it has enormous Sigur Ros-like dynamics and a guitar solo that I’d happily do without. ‘The Buffalo Days’ is a much poppier affair and is so far one of the best things I’ve heard them do as it lays off the bluster a little in exchange for melody...and lots of it...Sarah Kemp’s violin is nicely discordant, recalling fleetingly that of King of The Slums.
‘The Ghost That Sleeps in Me’ is a return to the dynamics of earlier work, piano led with vocals that remind me of someone, it’s half Mercury Rev, half Mazzy Star and features the usual contractually-obliged noisy bit , similarly the title track happily slouches towards U2 like stadium pomp dynamics without looking back. My favourite track is ‘Another Tale From Another English Town’ exemplifies Hazel Wilde’s excellent voice and melodically is not far away from ‘Pictures Of You’ era The Cure. It has a rainy, coastal, picture postcard feel which I find very appealing. ‘Our Cool Decay’ is similarly plagent, mostly recalling lost '90s dreamers The Sundays.
Lanterns On The Lake have survived the departure of two members to make this record and seemingly have come back stronger and bolder. It's expertly produced and played throughout and marks a departure from the nautical folkiness of their debut into a kind of swirling big music which could easily have a very broad appeal.
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