AFTER bubbling under the surface of Scotland’s endlessly prolific music scene for a considerable amount of time, Inverness group Lional have re-emerged with a stellar new single called ‘Moonlight’.
Tipped for big things from the moment they first emerged in 2014 with their dark and intriguing indie/noir pop sound, the band recently retreated from the local live scene for a number of months in order to focus on a fresh batch of material. Making the journey down to Sheffield studio Yellow Arch, a studio which has played host to the likes of Paul Weller, Jarvis Cocker and Arctic Monkeys, the four-piece worked with Colin Elliot, Richard Hawley’s long-standing producer and bass player and proudly resurfaced with some of their most accomplished tracks to date.
‘Moonlight’ is our first insight into the band’s more refined direction. A marked progression from their earlier material but without losing the hallmarks of their original sound, the track is a dark, brooding creation which comes to life on its emphatic chorus. Over drum loops and vocal layering, the charismatic Joshua McKenzie instils an ominous atmosphere with his deep vocals before a crash of drums and a rousing guitar sets the track alight; reminiscent of Arctic Monkeys’ at their most bombastic on AM.
After years of teasing their undeniable potential, it seems like Lional could be ready to spread their appeal far beyond the reaches of their hometown. Its accompanying video, which you can see below, was shot through an old-style video camera and features candid footage of the band in the studio.
Lional have various headline shows coming up such as such as Aberdeen (The Lemon Tree), Elgin (The Drouthy Cobbler), Glasgow (The Hug and Pint) and Inverness (The Ironworks).
Check out the track below.