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Review: 'LAUCAN'

-  Label: 'Sunday Best'
-  Genre: 'Folk' -  Release Date: '21st July 2017'

Our Rating:
The fragile falsetto vocals of Laucan (aka Laurence Galpin) invite adjectives like hymnal, immersive and luminescent.

This are delicate tunes yet feel full of intense and melancholy feelings.

What exactly these are is a little ambiguous since the lyrical content is impressionistic and fairly opaque.

Just Off The Old Kent Road may sound like the title of a Chas & Dave song but is no departure from the soft melodic formula.

The understated acoustic and orchestral arrangements overseen by Grasscut's Andrew Phillips are a thing of beauty and add to spectral atmosphere. The instrumental title track brings these into the foreground.

The ten tracks seem rooted in silence and loneliness. Miss Mistiness addresses a person who may be real but could also be a recollection of a dream.

This level of obscurity is both a strength and a weakness. The opening track is called Wait For The Impact and includes the line "Tomorrow I'll gather my strength and go out". Why leaving the home should be such a struggle is never entirely clear and the absence of such specifics is intriguing but also slightly infuriating.

It means that, after ten tracks of ethereal, drifting reflections, the listener, like the singer, is still waiting for the force of the impact.     
  author: Martin Raybould

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