- 31 Mar 23
This week's Top 5 also includes Depeche Mode, U2 and The Weeknd.
Following a closely-watched chart battle, Lankum have debuted on the Official Irish Albums Chart at No.2 with their acclaimed new album, False Lankum, released last week via independent label Rough Trade Records – while Lana Del Rey has claimed the top spot with Did You Know That There's a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd.
Both records were released last Friday, on March 24.
On the Independent Albums chart, meanwhile, Lankum have scored the No.1 position, followed by Martin Hayes and the Common Ground Ensemble at No.2 with Peggy's Dream.
23 sales away….but a massive and healthy No.2 for @LankumDublin and @RoughTradeRecs in Ireland with FALSE LANKUM (last one was No.8) and of course the No.1 indie LP. 🍾 pic.twitter.com/rYe93SNmb9
— Dave O'Grady (@daveGildedALM) March 31, 2023
False Lankum was met with hugely positive reviews from major international outlets, including The Guardian, Pitchfork, Mojo and Uncut.
"Named after the ballad from which they took their name, False Lankum being presented as a quasi self-titled project, four albums in, feels apt – serving as both a groundbreaking reintroduction for steadfast fans, and a crucial launching pad for new audiences," the Hot Press album review reads. "It should see them take a major step forward on the international stage, with some of the most fearlessly forward-thinking music that’s been produced on these shores in decades."
Read the full review here.
Lankum are also expected to chart in the UK for the first time – with the UK's Official Albums Chart set to be announced later this afternoon.
Elsewhere on the Official Irish Albums Chart, last week's No.1 album, U2's Songs of Surrender, now occupies the No.4 slot. The Top 5 also includes Depeche Mode's Memento Mori and The Weeknd's The Highlights.
Listen to False Lankum below: