LAUCAN Shares new single, ‘Wait For The Impact’

June 11, 2017


Shares new single, ‘Wait For The Impact

Debut album, FramesPerSecond
due 21st July via Sunday Best

Live dates inc. Deershed Festival, Moseley Festival

Following the success of his debut EP, Up Tomorrow, new Sunday Best signing LAUCAN will release his debut album, FramesPerSecond, which will be available 21st July via the label.

Laucan has shared new single, ‘Wait For The Impact‘, another album highlight which showcases his atmospheric, spectral folk sound. He says of it, “‘Wait For The Impact’ was a song about writing songs, a laying out of intentions and an attempt to enforce a change from within. I’m interested in trying to understand why I write songs, and also how I can use them to change my ongoing perspective.” Listen below…

When Lewes-raised newcomer Laucan began singing in falsetto after the break-up of his old band, he had his reasons. “I didn’t want anyone hearing my songs through the door of my room,” recalls Laurence Galpin, the man who is Laucan (pronounced Lor-can). The falsetto holds firm but the reluctance to be heard is changing with the arrival of the 27-year-old’s debut album, FramesPerSecond. Building on the promise of his debut EP, ‘Up Tomorrow’, Frames sets impressionist lyrical images and heart-in-mouth reveries on innocence lost to sublime music: poised between spectral folk and immersive soundscapes, it’s the sound of a singer who found something special in his attic-based isolation.

The sense of an artist readying himself to face the world registers on the opener, ‘Wait for the Impact’, where reverberant guitars and surround-sound atmospherics suggest a swelling anxiety. But doors open on ‘Up Tomorrow’. “Sunlight pours through the doorway, picks out patterns on the floor,” sings Galpin, his hypnotic falsetto taking wing over a fertile bedding of looping guitars, synths, strings, tender percussion and bird song.

With Andrew Phillips of Ninja Tune post-rock duo Grasscut as a 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. This shows on the Nick Drake-does-Radiohead-ish ‘I Want Out’, where hypnotic percussion and a coaxing cello accompany reflections on a theme of retreat: “Running away from the sound, disappear into the ground…”

His sense of counterpoint sharp, Galpin makes splendid isolation sound inviting. The haunting reverie of ‘In Between’ seeks relief from the noise of modern life, where “articulated lorries antagonise cracks in our walls”. On the autumnal ‘Just Off the Old Kent Road’, Galpin tugs you into a hymnal reflection on a bygone London. ‘You Give Way’ recounts creative anxieties, before ‘Miss Mistiness’ recalls a trip to the Hebrides and resolves those anxieties – at least briefly – in a luminescent melody. On ‘Symptom’, he sings of walls made “out of stone to keep me on my own”. But there’s nothing stone-y about the song’s open emotions, or about the childhood recollections of ‘The Tree (Came Down)’, the album’s heart-rending closer. 

Laucan has a number of upcoming live dates in May as well as performances at the Deer Shed and Moseley Folk Festivals. Upcoming UK live info below:

Friday 21st July – TOPCLIFFE – Deer Shed Festival
Saturday 2nd September – BIRMINGHAM – Moseley Folk Festival 

FramesPerSecond will be released 21st July via Sunday Best

Previous Praise:

“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

Preorder FramesPerSecond:

FramesPerSecond tracklisting:
1. Wait For The Impact
2. Up Tomorrow
3. I Want Out
4. Just Off The Old Kent Road
5. In Between
6. FramesPerSecond
7. You Give Way
8. Miss Mistiness
9. Symptom
10. The Tree (Came Down)

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