LAKI MERA New album ‘Turn All Memory To White Noise’ – out now on Just Music, but catch the band live this Thursday at
… Black Cab Sessions presents
21 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JQ London,
Stage time for Laki Mera is 8 pm
From the top floor of the old Templeton Carpet Factory – overlooking Glasgow Green and The People’s Palace, designed with muscular 19th century industrial ambition to look like the Doge’s Palace in Venice – Laki Mera had a great view of their future.
In the studio space they’d christened Carrier Waves, the Glasgow band were working on their second album, ‘Turn All Memory To White Noise’: the majestic, intimate, spine-tingling and heart-stopping follow up to The Proximity Effect. As they worked on an album that artfully fuses electronics, strings, found sounds, ear-worm melodies and Laura Donnelly’s bewitching voice, the praise for their 2011 debut rang in their ears …
The Sunday Times: Wonderful debut album… creat[ing] a dense folktronic architecture with an intricacy and subtlety that recalls the Blue Nile, Cocteau Twins and Portishead …”
The Daily Record: “One of the most promising intelligent pop acts Scotland has produced this decade”
Drowned in Sound: “This is how it should be done … the most confident debut I’ve heard in a long while. It has the calm authority of musicians who know exactly what they want to do, are prepared to work stupid hours to realise and perfect it”
… but Laki Mera are not a band to rest on their laurels. They’ve come too far, done too much, experienced too much, to go with the flow of critical approval. Producer/multi-instrumentalist Andrea Gobbi – aside from his “day-job” in Laki Mera, he’s firmly plugged into the Scottish folk scene as an engineer, a decade after relocating from Italy – admits that they had firm ideas from the outset for the band’s second album.