Vocalist Hazel Wilde commented on the track and the creation process of the EP - “The Realist is a song about being a dreamer, clinging to a vision and following your heart - even when that path can seem deluded to others. It was one of the songs that didn’t make it onto the album Spook The Herd as it didn’t fit sonically or narratively. It felt like it came from another place. So we began putting together this EP. We wanted to sculpt an intimate “headphones” record. One for the introverts and dreamers, the ones that still find beauty and magic in things. Recording some of the songs over lockdown in our homes helped in creating that world.”
The EP also includes Romans, which was given away as a free download for a limited period, Understudy, which was previewed by Hazel at a solo show in 2017, the unheard Model City and a Model City version of Spook The Herd track Baddies.
Lanterns On The Lake's 2021 tour is currently scheduled to call at Glasgow King Tut's (February 1), Leeds Brudenell Social (2), Manchester Gorilla (3), Birmingham Actress And Bishop (6), Brighton Patterns (7), Guildford Boilerroom (8), Norwich Waterfront Studio (9), London EartH (10), Southampton The Brook (18), Exeter Phoenix (19), Corsham Pound Arts Centre (20), Bristol Thekla (21), Nottingham Rescue Rooms (22), Cambridge Storey's Field Centre (24), Hebden Bridge Trades Club (25), Bury The Met (27), Stockton Georgian Theatre (28) and Newcastle Boiler Shop (March 26).
They play a socially-distanced gig at Gateshead Sage on November 7.
Spook The Herd is out now on vinyl, CD and download via Bella Union and can be ordered via their web store. Our review of the album can be found here.
The Realist EP can be pre-ordered here.
Lanterns On The Lake's official website can be found here and they are on Facebook and Twitter.