With a sizzling intensity that feels almost menacing, Lankum draw deeply from the well of Ireland's ancient music, transporting both familiar and long-forgotten tunes to surreal new heights while adding a handful of worthy originals to the canon. The Dublin folk band who previously operated as Lynched stepped out in a big way on 2017's Between the Earth and the Sky, their first outing for Rough Trade. Their use of Uilleann pipe and harmonium drones, creaking fiddle, and stark four-part vocal harmonies felt more anarchic and punk than anything that could come out of an amplifier.
I magine a folk album influenced by the ambient textures of Sunn O))) and Swans, plus the sonic intensity of Xylouris White and My Bloody Valentine. Ever since their first recordings as four-piece Lynched, in 2014, Lankum have been subjecting their songs to increasingly extreme treatments in dynamics, arrangements and length. (Warning: The Livelong Day clocks in at 57 minutes, despite having only eight tracks).