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BÖSTE, Sweden (May 4, 2015)––Blind Lake releases “Lately” from their upcoming album, On Earth, due out June 9, 2015. This warm breeze of west coast folk-soul showcases ones change in life after a recent divorce. The rich acoustic touch conveys the image of something soft and slow on a busy highway, while band members Lotta Wenglén and Måns Wieslander harmonize in an up close, semi-detached angelic tone. “Lately,” is quoted by the group as the “feel-good song of the album.”
Divorce and moving on are the main themes and motives behind the song. The track carries a rural Bryan Ferry/Dusty Springfield elegance, with echoes of a stripped down Wilco. “I´ve got myself a pair of slippery hands, nothing to hold on to,” describes Wenglén, singing about the recent divorce. The bands preference for long, warm CSNY harmonies is paired with an odd but perfectly appropriate synth/guitar solo, drawing the listener in for the melancholic uplifting coda of the song.
“We recorded the percussion and backing vocals together to be sure we wouldn’t miss any golden moments or brilliant mistakes,” mentioned Wenglén on the recording process. ”The bass was never really sure what the guitars were doing. And Wenglén’s turtle, Harry, had a Johnny Thunders moment during the recording of the lead vocals. “He can be heard falling down the stairs at the end of the song”, Wieslander added. “Lately” is best played while driving on a slightly wet road on a late summers night while deep thinking
Yes, we have an exclusive video premiere at HYMN (www.hymn.se) on Monday! The song “Lately” is our second single from the album “On earth”.
“An aquatic meditation on the art of letting go, featuring frozen squids and the eyes-on-stalks-sea creature. It´s better to befriend sea creatures than to waste away in a boat full of frozen squid.”
Praise for Blind Lake
“In ‘Walk beside Me,’ the song flows among different personalities, but it does so in a seamless, carefully considered manner.”
“An eerily atmospheric track comprised of plaintive harmonies, gently undulating synths and swirling electronics… It’s a trippy, ethereal and slickly produced song that manages to have a much deeper message hidden within its funk.”
[3/27/15]—William Helms – The Joy of Violent Movement
“Later, like all the best memorials it builds into something that finds catharsis through a celebration of life and energy or, as on this occasion, a bouncy disco beat and string swirls.”
[3/20/15]—Neil – Record Rewind Play
“Atmospheric melodies and synths are layered together energetically under prominent vocals until it all breaks into an upbeat full swing.”
“Synth-pop soundtracks for contemporary film noirs that exist only in their and their listeners minds.” [3/3/15]—KDHX
“‘Walk Beside Me’ is an odd combination of genres that manages to overcome their disparity and become something wonderfully affecting and distinctive.” [2/27/2015] —Joshua Pickard – Nooga.com
BÖSTE, Sweden (March 3, 2015) – Swedish duo, Blind Lake, releases the debut single “Walk Beside Me” off their upcoming album, On earth, due out June 9 on Margit Music. An electronic hymn that slides into a dark disco beat, it is a symbol for anyone who has loved and lost. The song delivers a sense of catharsis for the anger and angst that comes with losing a loved one too soon while serving as a reminder that even in the darkest times there is space to discover light.
“Walk Beside Me” chronicles the time frontman Måns Wieslander spent driving back and forth to the countryside to see his brother in the last weeks of his life. A universal theme of life and death, love and loss, it reflects the idea of having someone by your side even through the tough times and demonstrates you are not alone and as much as you need me… I need you too.
Lotta Wenglén and Wieslander open the song with reverent harmonies and angelic instrumentals reflecting a slow moving dream state associated with watching someone close to you fade away. As the tempo steadily climbs, it explodes into a disco beat representative of somebody shaking up the funeral party. Wieslander’s rich baritone brings to mind David Bowie circa “Let’s Dance” as he sings “We were driving every day across the meadows and fields / to see you lying on a couch, your eyes the color of thieves in heaven.” Wieslander says, “The dying man which the song is about would´ve loved to dance to it, had he lived.”