Lankum is a project with a very measured sense of place.
Taking Irish traditional music and placing it in a modern, but undeniably raw, context, the group's music is redolent of the streets they grew up on.
New album 'The Livelong Day' lands on October 25th, and it's spearheaded by new release 'The Young People'.
A bold, moving piece of songwriting, 'The Young People' is Lankum at their most engrossing, at their most intense.
Bob Gallagher directs the video, and it's a picaresque journey through Dublin on an Autumnal morning.
The director explains...
“It is set over an autumn morning in Dublin, with all the action happening in the same little sliver of time. The idea was inspired by the lyricism of the first verse, especially the line 'his feet were ringing the bell'. I found myself thinking about the starkness of that image, but then also considering what sort of actions other people's feet might be doing at the same time to contrast that."
"I was interested in the idea of doing a video with a street photography approach, shooting it in a simple documentary-style, and concentrating on just feet and legs, set against the textures of the city. I spent a lot of time travelling through Dublin with my eyes on the ground, watching and waiting for interesting moments to happen."
"The way people move through or occupy city spaces, even in the most routine ways, form a sort of interconnected ephemeral dance. You start to see that there's something very expressive about feet that makes them easy to empathise with. You somehow see more of a person by seeing less of them in the frame..."
Tune in now.
Catch Lankum at the following shows:
13 Oxford Bullingdon Arms
14 Leeds Brudenell
16 Glasgow Stereo
17 Manchester Band On The Wall
18 Bristol Fiddlers
19 Brighton Komedia
20 Birmingham Hare & Hounds
21 London Tufnell Park Dome
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