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Back in September, a grainy video of Lanterns On The Lake vocalist Hazel Wilde appeared on my Twitter feed. Sat on the floor with her back against the wall, she recalled a moment during recording Spook The Herd, where the entire band laughed at the thought of being nominated for the Mercury Prize. “These things don’t happen to bands like us,” she said in a later Guardian interview. No one else laughed of course, and just about everyone North of Wetherby services jumped out of their seats when Lauren Laverne announced their place on the shortlist.

Fans will be pleased to hear that they’re back with new material, and the five-track EP, The Realist, is 22 minutes of goosebump inducing perfection. The EP includes four new tracks, along with a paired back, revised arrangement of single Baddies. Recorded during lockdown, the reworking is a far cry from the original; the lyrics still hang heavy, but there’s a gentle, reflective feel to the track, which save for Wilde’s unmistakable vocals could pass for a Cinematic Orchestra cover.

Title track The Realist is one from the archives that didn’t make the cut for Spook The Herd as it “didn’t fit sonically or narratively”. Here though, it’s a powerful yet delicate opening to an intimate record. “Every moth needs a flame” sings Wilde, as the song draws to a close; it’s certain to become a release which draws listeners in for some time to come.

The Realist by Lanterns on the Lake is out now via Bella Union


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