Lankum’s new album ‘False Lankum’ out now

Lankum’s new album ‘False Lankum’ out now

This May Be Modern Folk Music’s own OK Computer” MOJO – ALBUM OF THE MONTH

By some measure their most ambitious in terms of instrumentation, arrangements and the sheer creation of atmosphere… stoking the engines of folk tradition and setting course to who knows when.” UNCUT – 9/10

“False Lankum teems with moments of iridescent bliss” The Guardian – 5/5 Folk Album Of The Month

Critically acclaimed Irish quartet Lankum today share their new album False Lankum, listen now. The album is available on limited edition transparent orange 2LP, black 2LP, CD and digitally. Order now.

Drawing on traditional folk songs, Lankum put their own dark, distinctive mark onto each, leaning into heavy drones and sonic distortion that imparts new intensity and beauty into each track. This record sees the band cement their breakout from the folk genre, creating bold, contemporary music that may be fashioned from traditional elements but is firmly new, sitting comfortably alongside Rough Trade labelmates like black midi and Gilla Band. False Lankum also features two original tracks, ‘Netta Perseus’ and ‘The Turn’, both penned by the group’s Daragh Lynch.

From the start, Dublin’s Lankum planned for False Lankum, their fourth record and third for Rough Trade, to feel like a complete piece – a progression and a journey for the listener. “We wanted to create more contrast on the record so the light parts would be almost spiritual and the dark parts would be incredibly dark, even horror inducing,” they explain. The album’s 12 tracks, composed of 10 traditional songs and two originals, show the four-piece using a new palate to colour their sound in an increasingly experimental way, alongside longtime producer John ‘Spud’ Murphy.

False Lankum Tracklist

01) Go Dig My Grave

02) Clear Away In the Morning

03) Fugue I

04) Master Crowley’s

05) Newcastle

06) Fugue II

07) Netta Perseus

08) The New York Trader

09) Lord Abore and Mary Flynn

10) Fugue III

11) On a Monday Morning

12) The Turn

Forthcoming Tour Dates


25th Apr – Silent Green, Berlin, Germany – sold out

28th Apr – Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam, Netherlands– sold out

30th Apr – Le Botanique, Brussels, Belgium


2nd May – Petit Bain, Paris, France

4th May – London, Barbican, London, UK – sold out

10th May – St Lukes, Glasgow, UK – sold out

11th May – Band on the Wall, Manchester, UK – sold out

Fri 12th May – SWX, Bristol, UK – sold out

19th May – Mandela Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland – sold out

20th May – Cork Opera House, Cork, Ireland – sold out

24th May – Cork Opera House, Cork, Ireland

29th May – Vicar St, Dublin, Ireland

30th May – Vicar St, Dublin, Ireland – sold out

31st May – Vicar St, Dublin, Ireland – sold out


8th Jun – Beaches Brew, Ravenna, IT

10th June – Best Kept Secret, Hilvarenbeek, NL

28th Jun – Pop Messe, Brno, Czech Republic


4-6th Aug – All Together Now Festival, Co Waterford, Ireland

17-21st Aug – Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons, UK




1-3rd Sep – Supersonic Festival, Birmingham, UK


17th Nov – Manufaktur, Schorndorf, Germany

19th Nov – Transcentury Update Festival, Leipzig, Germany

22nd Nov – Lido, Berlin, Germany

23rd Nov – Stadtgarten, Köln, Germany

26th Nov – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands


13th Dec – The Roundhouse, London, UK

False Lankum

Featured Release


False Lankum

23 March 2023
Burnt Orange Transparent 2LP, Black 2LP, CD & Digital

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