Irish radical folk group Lankum reimagines folk songs in an intense, gothic style.
Hypnotising and eerie, Lankum covers new ground with each album they produce. The Dublin-based four-piece band marries horror and gothic darkness with the soft vocals of Radie Peat, who sounds ‘both like an uncompromising everywoman and a mystical instrument of bellows and reeds’ (The Guardian). Lankum blends contemporary apocalyptic music with inspiration from centuries-old folk songs, contrasting ‘exquisite softness’ with intense droning harmonies.
They bring to Edinburgh their recently released fourth album, False Lankum, which takes the listener on a haunting spiritual journey. Described by Pitchfork as taking ‘songs that trace back to lost worlds and make them sound instead like a future built on the ruins of today’, Lankum plunges their captive audience into their world of revitalised and idiosyncratic folk music.
uncovers eerie new depths in centuries-old forms