Reinvention is how folk music survives and moves through time: Dublin four-piece Lankum know this well. In the key of Sunn O))) and Swans, their upturned folk rejigs traditional songs as well as crafting new ones, most recently on 2019’s The Livelong Day. Reedy uilleann pipes, concertinas, and harmoniums do battle with deep drones and ‘raggedy velvet’ vocals, to produce the big sound required to probe themes of mythology, nature, andsocial justice. They match the electronic influence of Brian Eno and Portishead to the intensity of These New Puritans and Lisa O’Neill, a brew that’s sure to induce magic among our mountains.
Rough Trade Records