Dublin four-piece, Lankum release their new album Between the Earth and Sky. To celebrate, they have shared a new video for ‘The Granite Gaze’, made by cult Irish filmmaker Stephen McCollum. Watch below!
Stephen has described the video as: “A metaphysical allegory exploring mankind’s capacity for ignorance and destruction of innocence in the face of celestial mystery, expressed in plasticine.”
The band comprises of brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch along with Cormac MacDiarmada and Radie Peat, who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, accordion, fiddle and guitar.
Having spent the last number of years performing as ‘Lynched’ a play on Ian and Daragh’s family name Lynch, the band decided that they would no longer continue with the name due to the unavoidable implications that it has in regards to acts of racist violence. Their new name comes from the ballad ‘FalseLankum’, as sung by the Irish Traveller John Reilly Jr.
The band was originally formed by brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch in the early 2000’s, and has since progressed through a number of incarnations, culminating in the four-piece group playing today.
Stream/purchase Between the Earth and Sky here.