‘Fuse the most fragile and graceful end of the folk music spectrum to the most luminous properties of cinemscope rock, and you have the stunning debut album from Newcastle-based sextet Lanterns On The Lake. Following two rapturously received EPs, Gracious Tide, Take Me Home warrants the use of often over-played adjectives such as “celestial”, “swooning” and “absolutely bloody gorgeous.” For an album debut, that’s something special, because most bands don’t reach such an exalted plateau until they’ve had years to mature.
On that exalted plateau, Gracious Tide… uses a smorgasbord of instruments (guitars, violin, mandolin, piano, synths, glockenspiels, kalimba) to paint a variety of beautiful vistas. From the ambient ‘Ships In The Rain’ to the galloping “A Kingdom”, there’s a compelling drama to Lanterns On The Lake.”
Taken from the album ”Gracious Tide, Take Me Home” soon to be released 19th September 2011 on Bella Union.
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