10.23.2015 — “Faultlines” by Lanterns On The Lake

Lanterns On The Lake

If you only listen to one song today, make it “Faultlines” by Lanterns On The Lake (2015, from the forthcoming album Beings).

Lanterns On The Lake is a dream-pop quartet from Newcastle. Since 2007, they’ve released two albums and a handful of EPs. Their third album —Beings— is slated for release on November 13 via Bella Union.

We wrote about them two years ago in advance of their great sophomore album Until The Colours Run. Since then, they’ve undergone another lineup change. Just before their previous album, they had two band members leave, and they also had two band members exit last year. Violinist Sarah Kemp, who had been with the band since 2008, isn’t with them anymore. I don’t know what happened there, but I know that she has a “solo” project called Brave Timbers, and they’ve got a new record coming out this year. Also, the bassist who they had for two years left the band. They have a new bassist now and a touring violin player. The core of LOTL is the trio of Hazel Wilde (vocals/guitar/piano), Paul Gregory (guitar/vocals), and Ol Ketteringham (drums/piano).

The vocals, piano, and drums are really big in the mix of today’s song, but there’s some really fantastic post-rock style guitar going on here. I just wish that the guitar was bigger and the piano was a bit smaller. Still, though, I like it a lot.

“Faultlines” by Lanterns On The Lake

Around the 3:00 mark, the guitar part does get quite big, and for a short, but glorious while, there’s a bit of cacophony. And I love that bit at the very end. They fake us out into thinking that there’s going to be a nice, dreamy fade to end the song. It does that for a while, but at the very last moment, there’s that huge swell, and feedback and noise. I love it.

Just the other day, they released a very cinematic, very dark, and very heavy video to go with the song. It’s definitely worth a watch. I’ve just watched it twice in a row.

Beings will be available from November 13. You can pre-order it via Bella Union here.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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