I’ve probably spent a decent amount of time with the music of the two musicians who make up Lights on Moscow (Justin of Editors, Hazel of Lanterns on the Lake), but I didn’t expect them to give birth to this striking sound. The duo spend a good minute just building the tension with ambient noises encircling. Drums begin to emerge, covered by this heavy riff that begins as an added musical layer, before, itself, adding further textures to its own sound. Hazel’s voice sits perfectly amidst the entirety of the tune, sort of wavering between angelic and wispy, riding the natural ebbs and flows of the tune. Together they’ll release their debut EP on October 19th.
This song from Lanterns on the Lake rules so hard that my only complaint is that it went on just a wee bit longer. Hazel Wilde’s performance on this track is stunning, yet it has this innocence to it that reminds me of Amy Millan in varying moments. Musically, you’ll find all sorts of layers to the tune. At first your focus is on the stick work at play, but eventually the guitars start to draw you in, unfolding in bursts like only the best post-rock can..it’s here when the drums take on a stronger machine-gun effect. All these signs point to a strong release for the band’s new record, Beings, which will hit this Friday via Bella Union.
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I’m a huge sucker for a beautiful female voice, especially when it’s strung atop well-crafted musical accompaniment. I love the way there’s these light strings accenting the push of the drums. There’s this beautiful tension that just builds and builds, erupting near the very end of the track. If you’re looking for something with a nice bit of construction and majesty, then you won’t have to look much further than this number. Lanterns on the Lake will release Until the Colours Run on January 14th, followed by a short US tour, so keep your eyes peeled for this promising act.
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Lanterns on the Lake have put out some beautifully spell-binding tracks in the past and the new album is on my I-can’t-wait-to-not-do-anything-but-listen list of records. Until The Colors Run lands September 9th on Rough Trade.
If you haven’t heard of the band, take a listen to a few other tracks over at their Soundcloud. I like to think of them as a non-digitally affected (and effected) Still Corners with tracks building behind an airy vocal provided by Hazel Wilde. This track is slightly stripped down, recorded live but sounding studio produced. Talented lot.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Lanterns-on-the-Lake-The-Buffalo-Days.mp3]
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