LANTERNS ON THE LAKE – ” Versions Of Us “

Posted: March 7, 2023 in MUSIC

Lanterns On The Lake have just announced news of their highly anticipated new album, “Versions Of Us”, out on 2nd June via Bella Union. This self-produced fifth studio LP follows 2020’s Mercury-nominated “Spook the Herd”, with Radiohead’s Philip Selway joining the band on drums and percussion throughout the album. To accompany the announcement, the Newcastle quintet have shared a visualizer for the first single and album opener ‘The Likes of Us.’ 

Opener and lead single ‘The Likes of Us’ documents the state of things (“Oblivion howls for these gutted streets / Boarded shops cower in defeat”) but sublimates observations into a mantra of resolve (“I won’t let this spark die in me”). It heralds “Versions of Us” as the band’s most cohesive and concise record yet, with its pervading sense of empowerment encapsulated in Wilde’s startling vocal performances.

The nine songs of “Versions Of Us” are existential meditations examining life’s possibilities; facing the hand we’ve been dealt and the question of whether we can change our individual and collective destinies. Singer and song writer Hazel Wilde has no doubt that motherhood fundamentally shifted her perspective. “Writing songs requires a certain level of self-indulgence, and songwriters can be prone to dwelling on themselves,” she says. “Motherhood made me aware of having a different stake in the world. I’ve got to believe that there’s a better way and an alternative future to the one we’ve been hurtling towards. I’ve also got to believe that I could be better as a person, too.”

Her voice soars with previously unheard force on an album austere in its beauty, with its shifting sands of searing guitar, fluttering vintage synths and swarming melodic lines, topped with glistening strings from Angela Chan.

Tyneside’s Lanterns On The Lake have been releasing music on Bella Union records since 2011. Mixed by the band’s guitarist Paul Gregory, in the bedroom of his home in North Shields, there is a sense of time and place that runs deep throughout this record.

‘The Likes Of Us’ is taken from the new Lanterns On The Lake album ‘Versions Of Us’ out on 2nd June

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