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Folk/Americana - Released October 27, 2017 | Rough Trade

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With all their piercings and tattoos, the musicians from Lankrum look more like electro music fans than like performers of Irish acoustic folk. And yet these four Dubliners flirt closely with traditions. There’s no lack of reel, laments and polkas in their work, but the band’s sound is far from the orthodoxy that often dominates this music. To convince yourself of the originality of their approach, you just have to listen to the opening What Will We Do When We Have No Money?. From the first seconds, a deep buzz, created from harmonium long chords, develops like a mysterious sound screen, on which the poignant voice of Radie Peat rises, catches your attention and never lets it go again. Several times, this captivating buzz serves as a basis for the takeoff of one or four of the dulcet toned voices from Lankum. The Lynch brothers—Ian on bagpipes and concertina and Daragh on guitar—have founded this ensemble, first called Lynched, before welcoming violinist Cormac MacDiarmada and concertina and harmonium player Radie Peat. Aside from the particularity of including four singers, their association distinguishes itself by the musical precision of their playing, the care they put in highlighting the harmonics from their instruments and in letting the resonances blossom. This contemplative approach emphasizes the spiritual aspect of these often-ancient songs and brings a resolutely modern touch to Irish traditions, without any electronic effect. © BM/Qobuz
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Folk/Americana - Released October 25, 2019 | Rough Trade

Most of the songs on The Livelong Day, the latest release from the Irish group, come from a traditional repertoire. Darragh Lynch’s guitar, his brother Ian’s bagpipe and Cormac Mac Diarmada’s fiddle are all typical of the genre, and Radie Peat’s harmonium and concertina hardly feel incongruous. We find dances (Bear Creek), folklore classics (The Pride of Petravore, The Dark Eyed Gypsy) and a Scottish ballad which was popular during the Civil War and was later revisited and updated by Karen Dalton (Katie Cruel). The quartet intersperse these songs with their own compositions (such as The Young People and Hunting the Wren) with a sound that is far removed from what one usually hears in Dublin’s pubs. The harmonium and bagpipes’ enveloping drones, the precise harmonics from each instrument and the haunting vocals of the four musicians/singers make the sound feel closer to The Velvet Underground than The Chieftains. Dusky, mystical and majestic, The Livelong Day strikes a delicate balance between joy and melancholy and confirms Lankum as a crucial group in the evolution of the Emerald Isle’s tradition. © Benjamin MiNiMuM/Qobuz
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Folk/Americana - Released September 5, 2019 | Rough Trade