Lake Malawi are an alternative-pop band formed in 2013 citing The Police, Bombay Bicycle Club, Prefab Sprout, Crowded House and early Coldplay as their main influences. The four-piece dividing time between North London and Prague have had staggering milestones, having opened for Thirty Seconds to Mars and released their debut EP after performing at The Great Escape in 2015 (review). Gaining support from BBC 6 Music (Tom Robinson) and BBC London (Simon Lederman), the group won the Audition Poll on Amazing Radio with the single ‘Chinese Trees’ (more than 330,000 views on YouTube).
The follow up to the first single ‘Prague (In The City)’ from their upcoming debut album is 'Surrounded By Light'. The album-titled single shimmers brightly with a sun-drenched indie-pop arrangement, which leads justly to an utterly uplifting chorus. Merging their influences of funk-rock in fragments of guitar licks and their preferences to contemporary pop in their catchy vocal hook framework, their sound is not to be overlooked. Albert Cerney explains "I had an amazing feeling like I was surrounded by light and I just wanted to preserve it forever when I wrote this song. Love isn't the absence of darkness, or its opposite. Light simply is."
Filmed in the streets of Cuba, Albert adds more about the video "Cuba is so full of music! People actually do randomly dance on the streets. I hope that vibe gets to you when you watch this."
The single is a taster of the upcoming debut album that's expected to be released at the end of this year. Emerging with fresh, strong material and a swarm of dedicated fans, Albert Cerny is now set for a month-long tour around London and Brighton with Lake Malawi in April gathering in new and old fans across the country.
Watch the stunning video for 'Surrounded By Light' below:
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Words by Cole Samson