George Ward
George Ward

Freelance journalist based in Bristol. Can be found at the Grain Barge, Rough Trade or in his tiny basement bedroom writing for CLUNK.

Langkamer take a folkier direction with their final single before the release of their second album on 18th May

Langkamer’s guitarist Dan Anthony shared that ‘Sleepers Two’ was not even fully written before entering the studio in the North Yorkshire Moors. The group had the bones of a folk song and a bluesy rock song but didn’t quite know how to join the two together. 

The result of this unpreparedness is a very special single with a loose and floaty feel. The guitars are wonky and soft, rambling through the track at their own pace, without a care in the world. The chord progression is just unexpected enough to keep you curious. 

The vocals here are excellent too. With a folksy twang, they work more as an accompaniment to the instrumentation rather than a confident lead. Together, Langkamer create wonderfully warm folk textures which, I can imagine, will work as a nice refreshment within the full album.

The track develops slowly, before it takes a left turn halfway through. Much faster fingerpicked guitars suddenly enter before a bluesy riff takes the lead over the vocals. It maintains its carefree mood but the change in texture is refreshing. 

LP ‘The Moon And Midnight Manual’ is out on 18th May via Breakfast Records.

Listen to ‘Sleepers Two’ here:

Catch Langkamer at the following: 

Le Fotomat, Clermont-Ferrand – 25th April

Le Ravelin, Toulouse – 26th April

La Fosse, Laval – 28th April

Le Riff Magnetique, Saint Malo – 29th April

Le Ballon Rouge, Cherbourg – 30th April

Le Barailleur, Vannes – 1st May

La Gazoline, Rennes – 2nd May

Supersonic, Paris – 3rd May

Esquires, Bedford – 11th May

The Smokehouse, Ipswich – 12th May

The Loft, Portsmouth – 13th May

The Castle, Manchester – 14th May

The Cluny, Newcastle – 16th May

The Flying Duck, Glasgow – 17th May

Sidney & Mathilda, Sheffield – 18th May

The Prince Albert, Brighton – 19th May

The Red Lion, Manningtree – 20th May

Heartbreakers, Southampton – 21st May

The Lexington, London – 23rd May

Strange Brew, Bristol – 24th May