In today's New Music Monday, PQ shares the plaintive British indie-folk of Lanterns on the Lake. There's always a bit of melancholy when the rain falls on the spring blossoms in Portland. Perhaps the perfect soundtrack for this lovely sadness: Newcastle-upon-tyne's ethereal folk outfit Lanterns on the Lake. "[The band's] intention seems pretty clear," explains the Guardian's Paul Lester:
"to fuse folk melodics with the lightest of electronic atmospherics as a way of giving their soothing, sorrowful plaints a subtle twist. Basically, if you liked Cowboy Junkies and Mazzy Star's narcotic acoustica, you'll like what this Newcastle sextet do: they are steeped in Americana. Meanwhile, the band themselves have acknowledged the influence of slowcoustic pioneers Low and avatars of atmospherica Sigur RÃ³s, while others have compared them to 80s mainstays of the 4AD label, This Mortal Coil, and there is indeed some of this quasi-chamber-pop ambience in what they do."
Their debut album, last year's Gracious Tide, Take Me Home, has precisely the proper amount of swoon and soar to get you through what may be a rainy week. Check out "Lungs Quicken," "You're Almost There," and a live performance of "Not Going Back to the Harbour" â€” then dry your tears and share your thoughts on Lanterns on the Lake in the comments.