Glasgow’s Dialects were formed as part of a strategy to backdoor it from a “really dire Christmas party” so it is perhaps of little surprise that the narrative of their debut EP LTKLTL (or Let the Kids Light the Laterns) is built around the idea of escape. What is surprising however, is that the escape itself is that of “a couple who travel from Utopia in another universe only to arrive in our world, young again and with the chance to have another life together”. Whether this escape is physical (them leaving Utopia) or emotional (them leaving behind their past lives) is purely subjective and down to the individual listener’s reading, something made all the more ambiguous by the wholly instrumental nature of LTKLTL.

That the band should share a home-town with Mogwai suggests they’re in good hands as far as influences go, but it also means that for both Dialects, and their peers, the bar is set inordinately high almost from the word go. Fortunately, the post-rock behemoths aren’t the only band from which Dialects take their cues, the intricacy of LTKLTL stemming from an appreciation of bands such as And So I Watch You From Afar as much as their hometown heroes. And fortunately, whilst the influence of such acts is audible, it remains just that, and allows the band to retain their individuality.

Though the record itself won’t be released until 11th May, Dialects have been teasing fans with smatterings of material taken from it, most recently in the form of their Old Mill Sessions, which excellently exhibit the band’s virtuosic musicianship and technical prowess. You can check out an exclusive video of ‘Unknown Orbit’ below.


Dialects are also on tour across the UK and will play the following dates:


  • 6th May – The Ruby Lounge, Manchester w/ Mutiny on the Bounty

  • 7th May – Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow w/ Mutiny on the Bounty

  • 8th May – Wharf Chambers, Leeds w/ Mutiny on the Bounty

  • 9th May – Drouthy’s, Dundee w/ Waking Aida

  • 10th May – Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh w/ Waking Aida

  • 28th June – New Cross Inn, London w/ Waking Aida