Liverpool Music Week presents: Lanterns on the Lake, Terra Alpha, Moguls, Laura James, Ritchie Vegas: Leaf, Bold Street, Liverpool

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Like Arcade Fire on heat, Lanterns on the Lake bring their instrument-swapping, show-off ways to Leaf. Getintothis’ Natalie Philip is left breathless.


It’s true that, for some reason there are certain acts you go to see and then have no recollection of them or their set. Rest assured Lanterns On The Lake are definitely not one of them.
With a seasonal sounding name, and the promise of a hauntingly good performance, it’s fair to say the attitude towards this gig was one of excitement.
Early doors highlight is the beautiful miss Laura James and the Lyres.
Laura and her band lean heavily on the poetic side of folk, as songs like Bluebells, show lyrical ability at its finest. In the muted ambience of Leaf, you felt completely at ease as she transports us from a daytime cafe hub to the warmth of home.
Much has been said about Terra Alpha but expectations fell short. Sure Enough makes for good listening online but live, they fail to make the grade as a chaotic confusion leaves little but a cauldron of mush.
Lanterns On The Lake transform the atmosphere in an instant – like Arcade Fire with a dash of Goldfrapp and Cat Power on vocal duties – Leaf is held transfixed.
Instruments are swapped and juggled before set highlight You’re Almost There sees bows dragged across guitars.
The whole experience implores repeat listens as their breathtaking passion simply leaves you breathless.

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