Lake Giving And Receiving on LP
On Lake’s newest full-length album, Giving & Receiving, the sense that the world was at a serious state of unrest during its inception is haunting. The album was put together during the time when the Gulf oil spill was bumming everyone out, and this did a great deal to seep into the songs themselves, such as on the album’s title track with the lyrics: "there used to be fish in the ocean baby."
But that’s not to say that the album is depressing, it actually soars with beautiful melodies and gentle, yet deliberate instrumentation. Written partially while staying at a little cabin in Northern Sweden, which band member Ashley says is the only place she’s ever truly heard silence, songs like “Skeleton Costume,” and “Pilgrim’s Day” were born in a shed there, and have the creaky barn wood/fresh air sound to prove it.
The album as a whole is all about moving forward; realizing what we as people are given every day, and figuring out how to pay back for it whenever possible. In the band’s own words: "Giving and Receiving is meant to be uplifting. It offers an antidote to depression. The more that you give, the more that you receive.
“Where 2009's Let's Build a Roof was a musical travelogue of the band's previous tours, Giving and Receiving sees the group settling back into road-tested songwriting habits. - Prefix Magazine
Lake Giving & Receiving Track Listing:
2. One Small Step
3. Roger Miller
5. The Stars
6. Stumble Around
7. Giving & Receiving
8. Mother Nature’s Promise
9. Skeleton Costume
10. Bird and the Berry
12. Pilgrim’s Day
14. Distant Stars