One of the best albums of 2011 comes from a sextet from Newcastle; Lanterns On The Lake, even the name of the band conjures up a haunting feel. Fragile vocals and words, fused together with widescreen guitars and instrumentation. 

Following on from some lovely EPs, which came out earlier in the year with handmade covers and a wax seal (how do you actually open them, without spoiling the effect?) comes the debut album, ‘Gracious Tide, Take Me Home’.


This is one of those very rare albums that lifts the hairs on the back of your neck, and from the first listen sounds just perfect. The Last Town Chorus had a similar effect back in 2006, with the ’Wire Waltz’ album.


Hazel Wilde is Megan Hickey this time around and a Laura Marling-esque figure she is too. Adam Sykes shares vocals and between both of them they cast a magical spell along with Paul Gregory’s soaring guitar.


‘Lungs Quicken’ opens the album with an ambient feel before Hazel’s sublime vocals take effect. Adam takes lead vocals on ‘If I've Been Unkind’. After these ten minutes have passed free free to fall in love with this record on ‘Keep on Trying’.


Don’t think the whole album is celestial either. ‘A Kingdom’ is an up tempo song even though it is inspired by a book of letters sent home by WW2 soldiers. The album actually contains eleven wonderful songs for you to curl up with on a cold winter’s dark night, in the warmth of your favourite chair.


By rights, with this album and the constant touring the band seem to be undertaking, they should be enormous this time next year….well at least headlining the Shepherds Bush Empire!






Hazel Wilde – vocals, guitar

Adam Sykes – vocals, guitar, banjo, piano

Paul Gregory – guitar

Oliver Ketteringham – drums, piano, synth, glockenspiel

Sarah Kemp – violin

Brendan Sykes – bass




Lungs Quicken            

If I've Been Unkind       

Keep On Trying         

Ships In The Rain        

A Kingdom      

The Places We Call Home 

Blanket Of Leaves       


You're Almost There        

 I Love You, Sleepyhead            

Not Going Back To The Harbour


2011 UK Dates 


Tuesday 22 November – LONDON – The Lexington (£8)

Wednesday 23 November – BRISTOL – The Cooler (£7.50)

Thursday 24 November – BIRMINGHAM – HMV Institute (£6.50)

Friday 25 November – NOTTINGHAM – Bodega  (£7.50)

Saturday 26 November – LEEDS – Brundell Social Club (£7)

Sunday 27 November – MANCHESTER – Deaf Institute (£7.50)

Tuesday 29 November – GLASGOW – King Tuts (£7)

Wednesday 30 November – EDINBURGH – Electric Circus (£7)