Letters On the Lake - Gracious Tide, Take Me Home

Lanterns On the Lake - Less hazy shoe-gazing and more like absorbing the breadth of the vast starry heavens, Newcastle-based Lanterns flicker and glow in the dark with their own spacious, narcotic post/pop...debut album, produced by bandmember Paul Gregory follows up a pair of well-received EP's...Release: Gracious Tide, Take Me Home (September 19, Bella Union UK) // Sounds like: moving from a starting point of mellow acoustic folk-based melodies, layer upon layer of luminous keys, strings and electronica build until the songs become glistening, ambient mosaics of a dreamscape soundtrack...guitarist Hazel Wilde's haunting vocals have a languid, Mazzy-Star-ish feel...

Quote: “You only get to make your debut album once, so we wanted it to be personal and honest and special to us, so we recorded everything in our own houses again." - Hazel Wilde // What we like: the drifting, panoramic "Lungs Quicken" has a delicate music box quality behind the swaths of synths and layers of vocals, slowly growing and expanding into a graceful hymn...we wish that the latest track "You're Almost There" (video below) had just a tad more energy in the vocals, but it's hard not to be caught up and swept away in the echoing piano chords and grand, swelling orchestration...

Lanterns on the Lake - "You're Almost There" (from Gracious Tide, Take Me Home)

Lanterns on the Lake - "Lungs Quicken" (from Gracious Tide, Take Me Home)