On Spook the Herd, the fourth full-length release by Lanterns on the Lake, the five-member band from Newcastle, England mix raw emotion with atmospheric soundscapes to create a powerful album. Led by the dreamy voice of Hazel Wilde with backing instrumentals by Paul Gregory, Ol Ketteringham, Bob Allan and Angela Chan, Lanterns on the Lake continues to refine its indie dream pop sound with their 2020 release.

The opening track “When It All Comes True,” which includes lyrics from which the album’s title was derived, fades in and begins to swirl with a hypnotic beat that immediately envelops the ears. By the time Wilde delivers the opening line — “Stick around when it all turns real” — you’re already drawn in.

On the powerful “This Is Not A Drill,” Wilde is stark, wailing “I never thought I’d be the one to be saving you” over a soaring piano and pulsating drum.

“Swimming Lessons” features hypnotic strings with an authoritative beat while “A Fitting End,” the closing track, is introspective that begins soft and builds to a crescendo; “What a die-for moment this turned out to be.”

Spook the Herd is a release by the Bella Union record label and available now for purchase at lanternsonthelake.com.

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Rick Bourgoise
Big Sonic Heaven Radio Contributing Writer

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