Justin Lockey is best known for his brilliant work with Editors and Minor Victories so the news of him working on a new project certainly pricked up our ears and when we found out the other half of the project was Hazel Wilde from longtime E&D faves Lanterns On The Lake they had our full attention!
The pair were living near one another in Newcastle when the songs took shape. However, the creative journey they shared began years before, where the duo originally performed the songs during a trip to New York. In the intermittent years, neither were in the right head space to release the music. Only now, years later do they feel comfortable sharing their music with the world.
Their debut EP, four tracks of lush slowcore that sits somewhere on the spectrum between Slowdive & Spiritualized, is out today (Oct 19th) so we thought it was a perfect time to get Justin to pick his three most influential albums.
The Posies – Frosting on The Beater
One of my favourite albums of all time. There’s something about the way the vocals stack up, the harmonies and just the general melodies that sound different to everyone else at the time… I know they got lumped in with all the early mid 90’s college rock (which I adore) but there something about this record that stands out and still stands up today.
I think it’s one of those albums where you could take the songs and re record them today without all the fuzz and frenetic drums and you’d still be left with a great record. I listen to this record often.
Portishead – Portishead
I come back to this record often too. I think it’s a damn masterpiece. It’s soul crushingly dark but also (like their other records) just sounds out there on its own.
I know people bang on about trip hop and all that… but you go back and listen to those Massive Attack records, those Tricky records, and Portishead records… I just think even from a purely production angle – nobody comes close in pushing a sound / genre to be out there on there own more than all that lot did back then. The details, and the darkness in it all is fascinating and still grabs you. I think this record was the pinnacle.
King Creosote & John Hopkins – Diamond Mine (Jubilee edition)
I totally missed this the first time round and am now pretty much obsessed with it. There’s just a charm here that’s believable and heartening. I’ve never really been that much into folk or any of that alt folk scene, and am not that much of a john Hopkins disciple… I think they’re both pretty amazing at what they do separately – BUT this record is just utter fucking class.
I think it’s the balance – it’s not overly in one or another direction.. there’s a fragility and emotion in it that skirts between two opposing sonic universes that just works impressively well. The lyrics are just memorable and even the low key hooks and counter melodies just get stuck in my head all the time. I love this record. A lot.