Monday 27 February 2023

TRACK OF THE DAY : Lanterns On The Lake - The Likes Of Us

Lanterns On The Lake today revealed The Likes Of Us, the first single to be taken from their fifth studio album Versions Of Us that will be released via Bella Union on June 2nd and accompanied by a UK tour in November and December including a home show at The Sage in Gateshead.

The follow up to 2020's Mercury nominated Spook The Heard, Versions Of Us started with the band in turmoil, losing drummer Oli Ketteringham and scrapping an early version of the album. With Radiohead drummer Philip Selway stepping in, the band regrouped and revisited the nine songs that make up the album.

The Likes Of Us is a gorgeous introduction to the album and a new era of the band. The opening line is reflective and thoughtful - "Lately I've been on the cusp of it, seeing signs in the intricate" before the song takes on a more sombre tone in the chorus

"Just do what you have to do. 
Me, oh don’t worry, no I’ll be fine. 
Take all you’re needing to.
I’ve said it before but I mean it this time
Am I a wreck? You bet
But I learned from the best, you should know that
Just let me have this
It’s all that I’m asking"

before ending on a defiant "You say Luck wouldn’t grace the likes of us But I wouldn’t be so sure. I won't let this spark die in me" as strings dance achingly in the background. It manages to capture the essence of previous Lanterns On The Lake records whilst sounding fresh, new and reinvigorated.

Lanterns On The Lake tour at Birmingham Hare And Hounds (November 7), Nottingham Rescue Rooms (8), Cambridge Storey's Field Centre (16), Leeds Howard Assembly Room (17), Sheffield Crookes Social Club (22), Glasgow St Luke's (23), Brighton Concorde 2 (29), London Islington Assembly Hall (30), Manchester Band On The Wall (December 5), Bristol Fleece (6) and Gateshead Sage (15).

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