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"Spook The Herd" Lanterns on The Lake

by Maddie Lloyd - 89.1 the point
Wed, Mar 11th 2020 02:15 pm

“Spook the Herd” is the fourth studio album by indie rock band Lanterns on the Lake. It is a five-member group originating from Newcastle, United Kingdom. I previously had never heard of this band before looking for new albums that had been released recently. 

Upon listening to this album, I enjoyed the band and its sound. Something that really stuck out to me about this band is the fact that it uses several different instruments than just guitar, bass and drums in their music. It uses piano, violin, viola and cello. For me it was a very refreshing sound coming out from a band today. 

When I listen to this album, I am immediately am brought to a summer night staring up at the stars. I imagine its concerts would have a more intimate feel compared to the punk rock concerts that I am used to, and that is something I am definitely interested in experiencing. 

My personal favorite song from the album is “Before They Excavate.” I feel as if  the emotion in Hazel Wilde’s voice is the most passionate in this song out of all the songs on the album. I loved how during the chorus the instruments are drawn back and then come in heavier in the second half of the chorus. I also enjoyed the fact the song has a lot of quieter sections that build up into more powerful sections. The piano is my favorite part of the entire song. I love how at certain parts of the song everything else stops except for the faintest piano riff. 

The final song on the album is “A Fitting End.” This song has a very intimate feel to it. It has a different feel than the strong start at the album that “When it All Comes True” portrays. I feel like it was a very beautiful way to end the album. 

Overall, I extremely enjoyed this album. I honestly am always open for hearing new music, but I did not think I would like this album as much as I did. It is completely different from the music I usually jam to, but I fell in love with it after just one listen. I do not listen to a lot of indie music, but this album gave me the urge to jump into the genre and see what else there is to enjoy. I would strongly recommend this album to anybody who enjoys the heavy use of instruments in music and those who like a more intimate sound when it comes to music. 

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