W. H. Lung


  • W. H. Lung - Vanities
12th November 2021 / Dinked, LP or CD / Melodic
"Their latest offering lives up to the excesses and indulgences insinuated by its title. A dexterous record."

W. H. Lung



Just 118 Dinked Editions later, the wonderful W.H Lung return with their second record. Guys, it is an absolute scorcher 🥵

2019’s Incidental Music - a vivacious concoction of krautrock, synth-pop and infectious grooves - toping end of year lists up and down the country (2nd in Deluxe). However, it quickly became apparent that a repeat performance was of no interest to the band. “At the beginning, it felt like every new idea could’ve just been on Incidental Music,” remembers Tom. “They weren’t bad ideas, but they didn’t feel new. I don’t think we knew where we wanted to go but we were 100% sure on it not being Incidental Music part 2.”

+ Dinked Edition No. 127
+ Cream with green marble coloured vinyl.
+ Bonus yellow flexi-disc with exclusive track.
+ Numbered, double sided poster.
+ Reverse board outer sleeve.
+ Custom Dinked sticker.
+ Limited pressing of 1000.
+ One per customer.

Things soon burst to life however and a period of profound creativity, musical intuition, bold innovation and near-total musical rebirth came forth. “I was in the best place of my life,” says Joe Evans. “I was like a slot machine putting in wellbeing currency and jackpotting this album. Words and melodies were coming so quick and easy. Tom was sending tunes across and I was having a lot of fun playing around with a new way of singing which was freer, more expressive, more instant and more melodic.”

NEW | Indie Exclusive Translucent Yellow vinyl
+ Double sided poster
+ Free Mix CD
+ 500 copies only 

The result is a record that is direct, punchy and potent. Merging silky vocals, strutting grooves, enveloping textures, and a sparkling blend of electronic and pop music. “We thought: okay we’ve done the long sprawling introductions and instrumentals,” says Tom. “So let’s see if we can get the same intensity, energy and layers whilst getting straight to the point.” Joe echoes this. “We wanted to move away from easing people in and grab them by the heart straight away. I reflected on how we played live shows and romanticised about launching onto the stage in a bundle of energy and starting the party, no messing. The directness comes from making music more intuitively, and more from a place of fun. We were writing music that affirmed how much we missed dancing in sweaty rooms, enjoying the company of a collection of beautiful friendly strangers.”

Despite the album’s exploration of the dizziness of dance floors and their maximalist appeal, it’s also one that plunges deep lyrically and comes from a place of profound introspection. Taking influence from the searching at the heart of the plays of Anton Chekov, as well as the novels of Shusaku Endo and Iris Murdoch, Joe also went deep into self-observation books like Red Hawk and The Fourth Way by Pyotr Ouspenskii. “It talks about stepping back from your mind and waking up to the patterns and conditionings of your thoughts,” he says. “This is like a constant meditation and so when I sat down to write lyrics, the different behaviours that I recognised in myself were really clear and poured out.” This meditative state also extended to another physical connection, this time out in the open rather than under the strobes. “A source of inspiration was getting out into nature,” he says. “We would often go out onto the tops of Todmorden and walk and swim. Sitting with and walking in the abundance of the natural world has fed into some of the playfulness and light spirit of the album.”

Calm Down
Gd Tym
Pearl in the Palm
Ways of Seeing
Figure with Flowers
Somebody Like

Format /Dinked, LP or CD
Released /12th November 2021
Catalogue / MELO131LP
Barcode / 5060168042439
Artist / W. H. Lung
Label /Melodic
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