WINNERS: 'Best Group' at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013
Lau are modern folk music's most innovative band. Brilliant musicians, thrilling performers and free-thinking visionaries.
Their new album Race The Loser (out on Reveal Records October 1st) was recorded with American producer Tucker Martine (Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists, R.E.M., Laura Veirs) in Scotland throughout the Spring of 2012.
Race The Loser pushes Lau’s complex, yet accessible sound, even further to the outer reaches of folk music whilst retaining all the strengths of the original acoustic trio (Kris Drever Vocals/Guitar, Martin Green Accordion, Aidan O’Rourke Fiddle).
In 2007 their debut album Lightweights and Gentlemen mixed original tunes with inspired arrangements of traditional material and rocketed Lau to the fore of the burgeoning new folk scene, soon followed by a staggering onslaught of awards that includes an unprecedented three consecutive wins as Best Group at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Having dramatically cemented their reputation as a blistering stage act, Lau followed their debut with the much loved Lau Live album just a year later and in 2009 came the equally acclaimed Arc Light with a grander setting that produced a heavily played single 'Winter Moon' and an invitation from Mojo Magazine to cover The Beatles' 'Dear Prudence' for their White Album celebrations.
Cue more awards, triumphant international touring, a proud catalogue of stomping festival appearances, splinter bands, solo recordings and a string of intriguing recent collaborations with rock legend Jack Bruce (Cream), Karine Polwart, Adem and a vast new orchestral work 'Strange Attractors' with composer Brian Irvine and The Northern Sinfonia.
Race The Loser features Lau’s best, most universal and significant music yet, the sound of three exceptionally talented friends embracing with open arms yet another new chapter of what has already been an extraordinary musical journey.
'Lau are a remarkable band - the most musically adventurous trio in British folk - exquisite and hypnotic, musicianship at its best' - The Guardian *****
'A classy, beguiling creation' - Uncut 8/10
'an album for alternative music lovers as much as folk fans, brimming over with intoxicating, mesmerising music' - BBC
'The world's first Post-folk group - Lau continually break new ground' - Properganda
'Race the Loser - a confident, assured record from a group stretching themselves and achieving great things' - The Morning Star ****
'Leagues ahead of the crowd - worthy of a David Lynch movie expansive sonic landscapes - it's time to ring some changes - may frighten a few horses' - fRoots
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