**This show has been postponed to October 10th, 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak as a precautionary measure. Please note this show has been moved to the Actress & Bishop. All tickets will be valid for the new date. If you cannot make the new date refunds are available at point of purchase.**

It’s strange – not to mention fundamentally disconcerting – to live through turbulent times. Yet as many feel like the world is slipping out of control, artists are enlivened as they seek to make sense of the shifting sands. Hazel Wilde of Lanterns on the Lake is now a songwriter necessarily emboldened. On Spook the Herd, the band’s fourth record, her voice and preoccupations rise to the fore like never before. In tandem, the band break new ground on a set of songs that are unavoidably direct – and crucial. Wilde does nothing less than dive headlong into the existential crises of our times.

Beginning with the record’s title – a pointed comment at the dangerously manipulative tactics of ideologues – its nine songs turn the microscope to issues including our hopelessly polarized politics, social media, addiction, grief and the climate crisis.

Musically, this is a leaner Lanterns on the Lake – at times unusually stark. Their sound has been beautifully winnowed into something more pared back, urgent and direct – in-keeping with Wilde’s messages – on an album loaded with songs marked by an arresting intimacy. “Swimming Lessons”, first teased as an in-progress idea on Instagram, is writhing and supple as Gregory’s arpeggiated guitar dovetails with Ol Ketteringham’s pulsating drumming and Wilde’s keening vocal. “Every Atom” rides on insistent beats which lay a bed for a warped and playfully robotic guitar line, while “Secrets and Medicine” weaves and lopes achingly, weaving its atmosphere from Spartan means: piano, celestial guitars and diminished brass.

Lanterns On The Lake Links: Website | Facebook | Spotify

Watch the official music video for ‘Through The Cellar Door’ below:

Praised highly by the likes of BBC Radio 1, BBC 6, The Line of Best Fit, Stereogum, Q Magazine and more, Hilang Child will be joining Lanterns On The Lake at The Castle & Falcon on 22nd April!

Crafting expansive atmospheres with acoustic and electronic elements in his harmony-rich, multi-layered songs, this is going to be one to remember!
FFO: Sigur Ros, The War On Drugs, Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver, all the way across to Elton John and 10cc.

Hilang Child Links: Facebook | Instagram

Listen to ‘Crow’ here: