Laki Mera

Laki Mera are a Glaswegian three piece who fuse warm emotion with studio technology to create their human, intelligent pop. Based at the top of the old Templeton Carpet Factory, the band’s majestic view across the city helps inform their sky scraping music. It’s all topped off by Laura Donnelly’s bewitching vocals in songs which conjure up images of Massive Attack out on the razz with Sigur Ros. We caught up with them for 30 Seconds...

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 11 Sep 2013
  • min read
Glaswegian three piece Laki Mera call their studio lair Carrier Waves.

This space sits atop the old Templeton Carpet Factory and provides the band with a suitably majestic view of the city they call home. You can almost hear the elevation of this base in their sky scraping music.

It’s here where the band wrote and recorded their new album Turn All Memory To White Noise. The follow up to previous 2011 record The Proximity Effect (and 2008 debut Clutter), it showcases an increasing maturity in their songwriting and the breadth of Laura Donnelly’s bewitching vocals.

Laura, alongside producer/multi-instrumentalist Andrea Gobbi and Keir Long (piano/synths) make up the band behind this new record. Inspired by the literary touchstone of Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, it’s a record also written amid the wreckage of the end of a nine year relationship between the singer and Andrea.

As such, the collection of songs are dipped in heartbreak but go beyond this, touching on their shared love of folktronica, film compositions and found sounds.

Think the likes of Mum, Massive Attack and Feist, and you’re getting close to the glitchy intimacy of their electronic based music. It’s a human touch which sets them apart from their counterparts and is best heard on this latest album. We get to know them a little better below…

We first started writing music because…
It's the thing we love the most and can't live without!

We have been making music since…
2004.

Our music is…
Electronic music made with organic, acoustic sounds and layers of vocals and beats.

You'll like our music if you listen to...
Policia, Lykke Li, Bat for Lashes.

Our favourite venue is…
The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow ... but we haven't played there as a band ... yet.

Music is important because…
It's the most easily accessible art form and form of creative expression in the world. People everywhere can relate to music in some way or another.

Our biggest inspiration is…
Anyone be it artist, musician or writer who sticks to their own creative path but still has strength to allow themselves to change and grow. There are some musicians and bands that we've gone off slightly because they keep releasing the same music album after album.

Our dream collaboration would be…
Working with a full orchestra!

To try us out, listen to our song…
Come Alone on our new album Turn All Memory to White Noise.

If we weren’t making music we’d be…
Recording and producing it for other musicians!

In 10 years time we want to be...
In our dream homes recording our own music, collaborating with other artists, writing film scores and occasionally travelling the world!

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