Arc Light (album)

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Arc Light
Studio album by Lau
Released March 30, 2009
Recorded Castle Sound, Pencaitland, Scotland, December 2008,
Heriot Toun Studio
Genre Folk
Label Navigator Records
Producer Calum Malcolm
Lau chronology
Arc Light
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
BBC positive [2]
The Guardian 4/5 stars [3]
The Line of Best Fit (85%) [4]

Arc Light is the second studio album by contemporary folk three-piece Lau, released on March 30, 2009 on Navigator Records.

The album's bonus track is a cover of The Beatles' song, "Dear Prudence". The track originally appeared on a compilation issued free with Mojo magazine.


Like its predecessor, Lightweights and Gentlemen, Arc Light garnered strong critical acclaim upon release. Chris Nickson of Allmusic described the album as "stirring and utterly wonderful,"[5] while Michael Quinn, of BBC Music remarked that "what astonishes most about Lau is the orchestral quality of the sound."[6] Music webzine The Line of Best Fit stated that: "Arc Light is testament to their constant need to push themselves as musicians, and as innovators of the folk movement."[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks arranged by Kris Drever, Martin Green and Aidan O'Rourke

  1. "The Burrian" (Drever/Green/O'Rourke)
  2. "Winter Moon" (Drever/Green/O'Rourke)
  3. "Horizontigo"
    • "Horizontigo" (Drever)
    • "Alright in the Heid" (Green)
  4. "Salty Boys"
    • "Operation Knoydart (O'Rourke)
    • "Salty Boys" (Drever)
  5. "Banks of Marble" (Les Rice/Drever/Green/O'Rourke)
  6. "Stephen's"
    • "Stephen's Leaving" (Green)
    • "Plot No.12" (O'Rourke)
  7. "The Master" (Drever/Green/O'Rourke)
  8. "Frank and Flo's"
    • "Frank and Flo's" (Green)
    • "An Tobar" (O'Rourke)
  9. "Temple of Fiddes" (Drever/O'Rourke)

Bonus track[edit]


The following people contributed to Arc Light[8]


  • Kris Drever - guitar, vocals
  • Martin Green - accordion
  • Aidan O'Rourke - fiddle

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Stuart Nisbet - pedal steel guitar
  • Corrina Hewat - backing vocals
  • Karine Polwart - backing vocals
  • Inge Thomson - backing vocals

Recording personnel[edit]



  1. ^ Nickson, Chris. Arc Light at AllMusic
  2. ^ BBC review
  3. ^ The Guardian review
  4. ^ The Line of Best Fit review
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Music - Review of Lau - Arc Light". BBC. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  7. ^ "Lau - Arc Light". The Line Of Best Fit. 2009-04-02. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  8. ^ Arc Light liner notes