Fine Summer Intro.
Recorded in “various bedrooms” throughout its creation, Love Lake has all of the quality of a studio production while still letting its personality shine. It’s like bumping into an old friend on the street and blowing off work. That kind of thing.
Even in the more laid back moments, like the slowly swaying “Yasmin”, there’s a jangly energy buried (swimming) in Love Lake. The songwriting and production is tight all around, but there’s a loose feeling, like everything’s just being held up by toothpicks and bottlecaps and one big shake would topple the whole works; but it really wouldn’t matter if it did. Just grab some of the pieces and pick it up where you left off.
It’s a fun album, self aware and goofy at times, without clogging things up with cheese (and corn). I especially liked the little bits sprinkled in, like the daytime-TV brass intro on “Paper Balloon” and the marching band attitude in “Curses” (complete with summer firework sound effects). Just the little things, right? That’s what they say.
Usually, when you use the word “fun” with music, it ends up being something you write off and forget about. I can definitely see Love Lake rotating through my playlist this summer, maybe more than a few times.
You can click on the Bandcamp player right above this and pick up Love Lake for five bucks. You should.