Four years after full-length Tundra and 2016’s Struggle & Emerge EP (using field recordings of TV and radio broadcasts from the Dutch National AV archive), Irish duo Lakker (Ian McDonnell and Dara Smith) released a new album. Época is out now via R&S Records. As the press release reports, Época is a bracing return to form, combining caustic electronics with fresh inspiration from the prepared piano of John Cage, plaintive folk melodies, the explorative label Sublime Frequencies and the raw rhythms of Kampala’s Nyege Nyege Tapes.

We wrote this record together, in the studio as a duo.” Ian explains “Previous records involved a lot of time working on tracks individually, but Época was written almost entirely together in the studio – it felt much more fun, more organic and democratic.” We allowed it to happen rather than push or pressure it” Dara adds.