Announces brand new single, “Symptom“
Debut ‘Up Tomorrow’ EP out now on Sunday Best
Live dates inc. London on 9th May, Deershed Festival, Moseley Festival
“a thing of beauty – slow-moving, glacial songwriting eclipsed by that voice, that wonderful voice…” – Clash
“Laucan’s dreamy falsetto seems to echo past heartbreaks.” – Nowness
“It’s a thrill from beginning to end, and a rare work of pure escapism.” – The Line of Best Fit
When Lewes-raised newcomer Laucan began singing in falsetto after the break-up of an old band, he had his reasons. “I didn’t want anyone hearing my songs through the door of my room,” recalls Laurence Galpin, the 27-year-old behind the Laucan (pronunciation: Lor-can) moniker.
Thankfully, his newfound readiness to be heard doesn’t come at any cost to his distinct voice. Having just released his glowing debut EP, Up Tomorrow, on Sunday Best, today Launcan shares brand new single “Symptom“. With lush string arrangements and soaring vocals, it’s a taste of what’s to come from the acclaimed songwriter. Listen below…
Laucan – Symptom
Laucan says of the song, “Symptom was really just the result of not knowing what else to do. Where to put frustrations and grievances. We build our own realities, consciously and subconsciously, and I wanted to find something beautiful in this particular one”
“Sunlight pours through the doorway, picks out patterns on the floor,” sings Galpin on the title-track of new EP, Up Tomorrow, his falsetto taking wing over a rich bedding of reverberant guitars, synth atmospherics, tender percussion and bird song. With Andrew Phillips of Ninja Tune’s post-rock duo Grasscut as his collaborator, Galpin composes with a cinematic auteur’s sense of shading and world-building and a flair for sound art that evokes a sense of environment shows in his work. “Where I Should Be” is a lushly gorgeous study in atmosphere. A forthright side to Galpin’s voice shows on “DLMA”, before “Tectonic Plates” showcases his falsetto at his most exquisitely delicate.
This is richly tended music, made by a man who took the slow, careful route here. If you hear a British psychedelic folk influence at work, Galpin’s background bears it out. He grew up in Lewes, in the South Downs: “Famed for its Wicker Man-esque bonfire celebrations,” Galpin notes. At 16, he formed a short-lived band that imploded, he recalls, “while stitching together a 40-minute continuous prog/math rock monstrosity”. After moving to London, Galpin felt out of phase with the competitive and fast paced nature of the city, and looked to the past for influence.
Submerged in what he calls “folk music of increasing obscurity”, Galpin began writing songs such as “DLMA” (Don’t Love Me Anymore), a track steeped in the kind of anxiety of expression that often haunts artists who refuse to follow trends, preferring to create their own off-piste worlds. “Eventually,” he says, “I decided that either I release them or I just give up writing music.” We’re all the better for the choice Galpin made: his tomorrows are looking up.
Stream Up Tomorrow:
9th May – Rich Mix, London (supporting Gabby Young)
21st July – Deershed Festival
2nd September – Moseley Festival