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LARK – ‘The Last Woman’ Album Review

LARK – The Last Woman

LarkLark release their new album, The Last Woman on 6th July 2018 on Standard Lamp Records. Acclaimed by both critics and fellow musicians alike, Lark is an independent band and solo project founded by Karl Bielik, a nonconformist and often idiosyncratic songwriter, frontman and artist.

Karl Bielik lives and works in London and is also an abstract painter. His paintings have been in numerous shows at home and abroad, including The John Moores Painting Prize, The Royal Academy Summer Show, The Contemporary British Painting Prize and The London Open. He is also the Founder and Director of Terrace Gallery and Studios.

The album opens with the grinding and atmospheric Dowdy where Bielik’s voice is like Nick Cave, deep and menacing but with a certain compassion. The twelve track LP continues with another slow song but Kneel And Serve is lighter with a plaintive piano and vocals a little more Jarvis Cocker. The dissonant intro to John Berger’s Wild Shirt support a spoken word song with some urgency in delivery albeit maintaining the slow marching beat whereas Lady Veronique is much darker with a creeping riff, atmospheric vocals and booming bass. Broken uses some cowbell like beats with a fuzzed bass guitar and echo drenched vocals to craft an ominous song helped by the sampled choral backing vocals.

Way Ouy West is an instrumental dominated by a wailing guitar over some keyboards and Nightclub continues with the slow lick although this one has a stronger drum beat and those deep, dark vocals help create a menacing vibe. On Bleaching Out the synths, drum machines and bass create a cool rhythmic backing to the vocals whilst Nothing is more Sigur Ros in style with empty spaces around the keyboards and One Step returns to a solid beat and lick that had the entire office nodding their heads in unison as the song is reminiscent of Sisters of Mercy in their heyday!

The penultimate song, Here For You is ballad like in style with intermittent blips and beeps and the closer, Mr Choo Choo is a four-minute plus storytelling approach with urgent vocals supported by restrained music with that slow, slow beat.

This is an album that will appeal to those who appreciate all of the bands mentioned in the review with a bit of goth, a bit of post-punk and a bit of indie in the mix!

 

Get The Last Woman by Lark here: https://lark1.bandcamp.com/album/the-last-woman

 

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