Laurence Galpin’s first album as Laucan is gorgeous, the sound of an old soul in a youth-obsessed world. He’s a man seemingly out of place,if not out of time. Listening to Frames Per Second is like running through one of Theresa May’s bucolic English wheatfields, only to find a severed hand. The unnerving shimmer of The Wicker Man permeates through the songs.
His sweet androgynous vocals have already invited comparisons to the likes of Thom Yorke, and with tracks like the throbbing, hypnotic Up Tomorrow and You Give Way, it’s not hard to see why. There are also John Cale/VU vibes within. These are anxious love songs, soaked in paranoia and early morning sweats.
Guitar, cello, and harmonics bleed into interesting, shifting electronic textures. It’s a remarkable debut, a thing of great power and understated beauty. Anxiety and introspection has rarely sounded so assured.
Out now on Sunday Best