Sometimes an album cover will make you take notice of a band that you may have previously ignored. I’m not sure why I’ve never listened to a Lake album, but I had not until the cover of The World Is Real caught my eye. There is something aesthetically pleasing to the cover, like a vintage postcard or a faded photograph found in a shoebox in your grandparents’ closet that made me want to take this record home and give it a try.
A leap of faith? Maybe, but now I’m a Lake believer. The World Is Real is full of sophisticated sounding pop that fans of Sea and Cake, No Kids and Jim Ruiz are well acquainted with. Leading off the album is Do You Recall with its slight Sea and Cake vibe mixed with Seeds of Love era Tears for Fears. It’s full technicolor with a kaleidoscope of sounds anchored by bounding bass. The next song Parallel Lines features trippy guitars and vocals from Ashley Eriksson that are part Trish Keenan and part Free Design. Next up is Combat Culture with bouncy Beach Boys rhythm, ba-ba’s, and horns. Surely the songs will knock off in quality at some point, right? Wrong. This record keeps you on your toes to the end and is a joy to listen to, especially at really loud volumes so all of the sounds jab, dive and loop in front of your very eyes. Amazing that this Olympia band has been right under my nose all of the years. I’ve got some catching up to do.
You can stream The World is Real in its entirety at Lake’s bandcamp page. Catch them live on the east coast:
Fri 10/4 PURCHASE, NY SUNY Purchase
Sat 10/5 BROOKLYN, NY Shea Stadium
Sun 10/6 PHILADELPHIA, PA WKM
Mon 10/7 BALTIMORE, MD The Metro Gallery
Tue 10/8 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA Tea Bazaar
Wed 10/9 DURHAM, NC Pinhook
Thu 10/10 KNOXVILLE, TN The Pilot Light
Fri 10/11 ATHENS, GA The World Famous
Sat 10/12 JACKSONVILLE, FL Burro Bar