Lanterns on the Lake Until the Colours Run

Lanterns on the LakeUntil the Colours Run
Already released at home in the UK in October of last year, Lanterns on the Lake's second studio album, Until the Colours Run, finds the Newcastle-upon-Tyne indie rock outfit exploring an even more expansive sonic palette. Anchored by the cinematic piano compositions of chief-songwriter Hazel Wilde — who seems to have learned vocals from the Bilinda Butcher School for Barely Audible Singing — and the ambient excursions of lead guitarist Paul Gregory, rarely has an album about England's eroding economy and cultural upheaval sounded so exquisitely triumphant. Starting with the Slowdive-by-way-of-Yann Tiersen operatic opener "Elodie" and sophomore album standout "The Buffalo Days," dive-bombing guitars and symphonic climaxes quickly give way to Wilde's plaintive take on piano-based slowcore (the shoegaze-evoking "The Ghost That Sleeps In Me," mid-set breather "Green and Gold"). Although never quite retaining the same amount of urgency as the opening half of the LP, "You Soon Learn" does a pretty good job tiding listeners over with its Glastonbury-ready guitar lines and interweaving riffs until the band rounds out the final moments of the record with "Our Cool Decay," channelling every ounce of the album's socio-political undertones as Wilde ambivalently sings about the disintegration of literal and figurative support systems that surround her and her country. (Bella Union)