Scottish folk pioneers Lau return with a new album 'Midnight and Closedown' for Reveal Records, February 2019. Produced by John Parish (P.J.Harvey, Eels, Sparklehorse).
The album is their first new music since 2015’s ‘The Bell That Never Rang’ (Album of The Year - The Herald, ***** The Guardian). The band premiered tracks at Edinburgh International Festival August 2018 at one of their now legendary self curated Lau-Land events. Lau-Land Leith Theatre featured Joan As Police Woman + LAU + Nadah El Shazly + Rona Lightfoot and Brighde Chaimbeul + James Holden and the Animal Spirits + Alasdair Roberts + Whitburn Brass. The new music was written in Shetland and highlights the continuation of Lau’s experimental approach to folk music with increasingly minimal arrangements in song form which include the themes of togetherness and forgiveness.
As always with Lau there’s plenty of progression on a purely sonic level too. Their new music continues to explore the marriage of acoustic and electronic sources and the arrangements travel down the path of intertwining instrumental music and song.
Lau is a trio that put a lot of thought into the live experience and presentation, something anyone who shared in Lau’s acclaimed Decade tour will know, they have fresh theatrical ideas for Lau’s 2018-2019 tour.
November 2018 Concerts and February 2019 Midnight and Closedown concerts are on sale now
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Watch the live video of new track Riad here Riad live video by Lau
Brilliant musicians, thrilling performers, free-thinking visionaries and all-round good chaps as well…small wonder Lau are regarded as the epicentre of the new folk boom. And they’ve got shelves groaning with awards (BBC RADIO 2 FOLK AWARD WINNERS, BEST BAND, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2015 THE HERALD), a forest’s worth of ecstatic reviews and breathless plaudits from excited audiences in various outposts of the world ringing in their ears to prove it.
‘Leagues ahead of the crowd – worthy of a David Lynch movie. Expansive sonic landscapes – it’s time to ring some changes – may frighten a few horses’
‘The sounds and spaces are striking.’
‘The intuitive and often beautiful interplay of accordion, fiddle and guitar glides to a new level as instrumental virtuosity blends easily with tasteful electronics.’
‘Classy, beguiling creation’
‘The world’s first Post-folk group – Lau continually break new ground’
‘A group stretching themselves and achieving great things’
THE MORNING STAR
‘This is music of such stunning creativity – one of most thrilling live bands, now one of most thrilling studio bands as well – what phrase, what note can possibly be coming next?’
‘Lau are cutting edge renegades, super-charged with confident, free-thinking music that will enthrall’
‘Echoes of Penguin Café Orchestra and later Beatles’ recordings’
‘Buzzes full of natural light from which the band derives it’s name’
THE BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2015
‘(Lau) deserve their garlands…innovative, beautifully realised’
‘for alternative music lovers as much as folk fans, brimming over with intoxicating, mesmerising music’
‘Quite unlike anything else out there, Lau have knocked their traditional roots squarely into the mainstream and along the way created some music of stunning complexity and beauty’
‘How do they do it? Another album of distinctive music drawn from the well of Scottish song and fiddle traditions…(but) combining spartan, almost barren soundscapes with the most luxuriant arrangements, often on the same track!’
THE LIVING TRADITION
‘(Lau is) a band who are unafraid to experiment and innovate – This is what we need more of, chuck out those templates and defy our expectations.’