Last Harbour - Saint Luminous Bride EP
Saint Luminous Bride EP
Limited edition of 350 individually numbered with hand screen
printed cover and insert on 10" vinyl & download
Release date: 25th May 2009
This 10” vinyl EP (limited to just 350 copies) from
Manchester-based collective Last Harbour features one of the
standout songs from last year's 'Dead Fires & the Lonely
Spark' album, plus three others from the same sessions that are
equally beautiful but also bleaker and heavier in mood. They’re
the perfect uncomfortable bedfellows on a record that takes the
warning fables of Edgar Allen Poe and weds them to music of dark
passion and fervour.
The title track ‘Saint Luminous Bride’ is twisted, off-kilter rock
that revels in the flesh and blood allegiances of a deranged
wedding party while 'The Rifleman & The Bird' is an eastern
drone lit by lilting folk-violin. 'Brothers' begins low and dreamy
but resolves like a Russian polka filtered through a Godspeed You
Black Emperor!-style crescendo. The brief string piece 'Hewn'
closes the EP on a haunting and tender note. The package features
a stunning sleeve design by singer K Craig, each one screenprinted
CHANNEL 4 PLANET SOUND
A dark, drunken waltz, Kevin Craig's cavernous vocals out-gloom
Tindersticks as the mournful strings kidnap your soul. Equally
grimy and gorgeous. 8/10.
DIE SHELLSUIT DIE
"Sounds how Bon Iver might if they only played at wakes. [It]
crackles with revolutionary vitriol and melancholy."
GOD IS IN THE TV
"It is impossible not to fall in love with vocalist K Craig's
apocalyptic tone. Last Harbour are in touch with the old
Manchester, channelling the ghosts of the industrial age, a gloom
that predates 'Closer' and 'Unknown Pleasures' by a century and a
half. Those who possess a morbid curiosity or an appreciation for
the darker arts will be in for a treat."
"Comparisons to Arcade Fire and Nick Cave aren't far from the
mark. Great stuff."
"Dark and ghostly... very alluring in an eerie sort of way."
"A skewed piece of dark country noir, almost heart stopping in its
turbulence. [This is] a record of intense quality from a unique
DELUSIONS OF ADEQUACY
"With a gorgeous hand-printed sleeve in a limited run of 350
copies, this is a compulsory acquisition... could be a
disease-ravaged pirate ship shanty if it were co-written by The
Gun Club's late-Jeffrey Lee Pierce and Henry's Dream-era Nick
"On “Saint Luminous Bride”, an understated EP of reflection and
sombre, almost gothically sweet melody, Last Harbour present an
almost nostalgic take on cigarette-smoke-thick, lovesick
melancholia. There are alluring comparisons to be made with Johnny
Cash embracing Nick Cave but singer K Craig has his own timbre
that reminds me much of Ian McCulloch and bands like iLiKETRAiNS .
This is a tempting collection, with the excellent, stretched tome
“Brothers” providing a subdued sense of the spectacular.