Rough Trade Records / Remote Control are excited to announce that Dublin four-piece Lankum will release their new album The Livelong Day, on October 25th. Check out the video for opening track ‘The Wild Rover’ now.
A very different interpretation to that which is well known, this particular version of ‘The Wild Rover‘ was first heard from the singing of Dónal Maguire, who in turn got it from fellow Drogheda man Pat Usher,and the recording was subsequently released on an album entitled The Usher Family in 1974. There are countless renditions of this tune, it is a song very much rooted within the dirt and peat of Ireland, but the revelation of a little known final verse takes it from a jovial pub tale to one of sadness and destitution. The actual crux of the song becomes desperate, a matter of life or death.
Made up of brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch, Cormac MacDiarmada and Radie Peat, Lankum have gained worldwide acclaim for their first two albums and captivating, often euphoric live performances. The Livelong Day, recorded and produced by John ‘Spud’ Murphy in the Meadow and Guerrilla Sounds studio, through March and May of 2019 successfully blends alternative folk and psychedelia. Lankum are about to fully cement their reputation as one of the most unique and talked about groups to emerge from Ireland in decades.
Lankum honour the sacredness of traditional Irish tunes, but allow them to metamorphose, to grow and breathe like the heavy, ancient breath of the Uilleann pipes which seethe beneath the tracks of their third studio album (and second with Rough Trade). “Drone is a big part of traditional music because the Uilleann pipes are indigenous to Ireland, so we’re ramping up that history and taking it as far as we can.”This is the idea found at the core of the universe created in The Livelong Day; expanding and emboldening, that which is already playing out in history.
Alongside the traditional songs on the record, there are two originals, the haunting ‘Young People’ and the tragic beauty of ‘Hunting The Wren’.
It is effortless to connect with the songs of The Livelong Day because it is an album devoid of ego. Despite the intensive historical and musical research that goes into selecting, writing and arranging these songs, the rare knowledge that they may have or their intricate musical skill, these songs are never indulged or overfilled. There is an understanding that If you can play one note, just one note and let it drag its feet with the weight of feeling, it can make a song even more affecting in its sparseness.
“We don’t want to be fossilising or archiving these songs we want to be pushing and accelerating them further, and the multi-sensational quality that these songs have create a visual atmosphere that you can step into and actually find it very difficult to bring yourself out of.” ‘