Scottish folk pioneers Lau release their new album ‘Midnight And Closedown’ their first new music since 2015’s ‘The Bell That Never Rang’. Lau have pushed at the boundaries of modern folk music with each successive release, curation and concert tour. And now comes this bold, progressive new statement. The enigmatic album title could suggest that the new album is Lau’s swansong. But Midnight and Closedown, Lau’s finest artistic statement to date, could equally prove to be the opening of a brave new chapter.
Producer John Parish, widely celebrated for his recordings and collaborations with P.J Harvey, Eels, Sparklehorse, This Is The Kit, Aldous Harding, Rokia Traore, M. Ward, Giant Sand and many more, has captured the essence of Lau’s songwriting: tender, bewitching and mournful, uplifting, experimental and political. These are new sounds still rooted in the traditional music that brought together the UK’s three finest folk artists.
"Lau. Cool band. Don’t sound like anybody else. I could describe the instrumentation : treated fiddle, guitar and rich baritone voice, an electronic ship in a bottle. A beautiful set of songs and instrumentals. In touch with their roots but not bound by them". - John Parish, October 2018.
The trio are clearly excited about getting out there to share their new music saying in a statement… “Kris has, at last, got the plectrums out from when he dropped them into the guitar at the end of the last tour, Aidan has given the fiddle its annual tuning, and Martin has found the van keys behind the microwave. It must be tour time!”