Saturday, February 18, 2012

Lanterns on the Lake

Lanterns on the Lake is another quietly powerful band, more or less in the same category as Still Corners and Gem Club, but with a bit more of a folk underpinning. A six-person outfit, Lanterns underscores a slo-core reticence with really lush, beautiful strings (violin and bass mostly, but played with bows).

The band has had two EPs, out in England on Bella Union, plus late last year's Gracious Tide, Take Me Home. Hazel Wilde plays guitar and whispers those dreamy, swirling Cocteau-Twins-ish vocals. Paul Gregory plays guitar, too, and also layers on the electronics, which brings on the inevitable Tunng comparison -- Lanterns is far quieter, slower and more ethereal.

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