Eclectic folk trio LAPWYNG have released The Remyxes, a reimagining of their self-titled debut EP, which came out on 16th April. LAPWYNG constantly strive to push genre boundaries with a style rooted in folk music but drawing on jazz, indie and Scandinavian influences to create a unique sound. Formed in 2018, the band is comprised of Ewen White (accordion, synths), Euan McLaughlin (fiddle, guitar) and Alasdair MacKenzie (guitar). The band spoke with The Fountain about the new EP as well as plans for later in the year.
TF: You have a new EP out, what has the reception been to The Remyxes?
The reception to the EP has been really good so far! We first released the single – Pretty Girl remixed by Valtos along with a great music video which the Valtos guys shot between Skye and here in Glasgow. Being able to release it not just to our listeners, but also to fans of Valtos, has definitely helped in getting it out there. Everyone and their dogs seem to know those boys! In terms of the whole Remix EP itself, it’s been picking up a fair bit of support and we’ve been very pleased to see the tracks being played on the radio quite a bit! We’ve engaged quite a bit of interest with our social media leading up to it, and so we’re hoping that it will go down a treat not just with people who are more traditional music orientated, but to a wider audience. The Remyxes has flavours of Lo-Fi Hip-Hop, House and more, so fans of those kinds of music will hopefully find the tracks pretty accessible.
TF: How would you sum up the record in one sentence?
“Far removed but close to home” It’s been really amazing to see what the incredible artists that have remixed our tracks have done with the material. Some of them are pretty off the wall, and it’s awesome that they’ve chosen bits and pieces and taken them in really cool directions. Having said that, some of the tracks have stayed quite true to the original music and we love how they’ve incorporated sounds and rhythms from their fields of music – so much so that we wish we had thought of them in the first place!!
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?
Moving forward, we’ve begun to work on our first full-length album. Over the last year or so it’s been quite tough to write new material due to lockdown rules and geographical difficulties but it’s been really encouraging to see things gradually opening up for musicians and artists again. We’ve been able to start rehearsing and meeting in person and we’re delighted to finally get stuck back into making noises together!
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
We’ve played in a varied array of venues so far; from north-highland folk clubs to Glasgow clubs. One of our favourite performances was even in a wee living room in the South Side. We’d love to be able to play in some bigger venues in the coming year as our music has much ‘dancier’ vibe than our older stuff. The bigger the venue, the more room to boogie! Dream gigs venues would definitely include Kelvingrove Bandstand and The Fruitmarket among many others so fingers crossed such gigs might come our way soon!
The Remyxes is out now, check out this link for more info