Posts Tagged ‘Fog Lake’

Defined by mellow, ambient, reverberant and cold instrumentation and noises, Aaron Powell’s music under his Fog Lake ‘alias’ has been further perpetuated into a sadness, centric to his relationship with his hometown. The power of Fog Lake and his vocal production is arguably the source for which we measure and compare Powell’s sadness. “Latter Day Saint” and “June” are sunk back with more extensive reverberation and downgraded quality. ‘I sit and think now, another drink now’ from Latter Day Saint is one of the more distinguishable lines, implicitly speaking for itself.

“Sullivan”, “Crocodile” and “Pity Party” further offer Fog Lake’s repetitive, yet secluding and droning tones are themes, central to the alias’ personality. Sullivan and Crocodile epitomise Fog Lake within the realm of piano/synths underlying and carrying the feeling of dread under every note of every bar. The juxtaposing title Pity Party further executes Powell’s Fog Lake manifesto’; but with delicately fiddled strings, extensions of the range of this seemingly excluding ‘droning’ tone offers an alternate sadness to Powell’s song writing.

The singles’ coming prior to “Tragedy Reel’s” release: “Jitterbug”, “Dakota” and “Catacombs”further reinforce Fog Lake’s bind with his hometown (from his previous work), and blindness to the world outside. A persistent sound embeds itself into Powell’s work, although defined under the general term ‘lo-fi’, his drum tracks are distinctly clear; this blend of clarity with his ‘sunken’ and ‘drowned’ synthesised tones overrides elements of the clarity, further bonded with the lyrical content. These songs respectively allude to his memories of a high-school romance, homesickness and seeming bereavement.

“Catacombs” deceptively, with the lack of Powell’s signature suppressing synths, implies a contrary ‘brighter’ tone, but the everlasting gloom of Fog Lake becomes apparent with each stroke of his guitar. “Dakota” stretches our hopes of happiness for Powell even further, but as far as we’re brought out of our Fog Lake comfort-zone, we are soon plunged even deeper into his despair. “Dakota”: “alluding to [Fog Lake’s] experiences constantly moving back and forth from… my hometown to the island of Newfoundland”. Tragedy Reel’s singles have carried Fog Lake’s now perfected balances of instrumentation, musicianship and production in forming (and continuing to write) music that hesitates to step off the cliff of ‘gloom’ into an abyss of over-emotional allusions and reminiscences.

Following on from DakotaCrystalline also alludes to homesickness, but without being dragged away from Fog Lake’s baseline of gloom: ‘I’ve been away for so long’. Fog Lake creates a tympanic addiction shrouded in musical regularity, with Crystallinethe significance of introducing the album with a steady four-four swung drum-loop that buries itself deep in our perception and the song, implies a need, and desire, for regularity – giving significance to his alluding homesickness, until its demise and replace with a melancholic piano.

“Tragedy Reel” is out now on Orchid Tapes

This is the recording project of Aaron Powell from Newfoundland, Canada.  this band display a unique sound and songwriting that makes this a pleasure to me. Aaron Powell (Born 1993) is better known by his lo-fi singer songwriter moniker Fog Lake where he creates music that’s been best described as “a complex collage of nebulous angst and heartfelt nostalgia” .

Born and raised on the island province of Newfoundland, he’s lived his life in relative isolation writing and recording a total of six releases in four years including his two most current LP’s Virgo Indigo (2014) & Victoria Park (2015) both being released by Brooklyn based tape label Orchid Tapes (Foxes In Fiction, Alex G, Teen Suicide).

Aaron’s relentless and prolific approach has garnered worldwide critical acclaim receiving coverage on The FADER, DIY Magazine, Noisey, Tiny Mixtapes, The 405, BBC, CBC, Earmilk, Chart Attack, Exclaim! and many others. His unrelenting approach to releasing music has lead to an ever-increasing cult following, seeing Fog Lake featured by the likes of renowned YouTube channel, Majestic Casual for the second time where it has racking up over 400,000 plays. In addition, tastemaker blog Gorilla Vs Bear has named his single ‘Rattlesnake’ one of the Top-25 Tracks of 2016. 


Released July 5th, 2018

written and produced by aaron powell
vox by j. king on ‘acrylic’
keys by kenney purchase on ‘dinosaur’


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California has long been a place for musicians to escape to. Fog Lake’s “California” is about losing someone to that state. It starts in a haze, like Aaron Powell has just woken up and is trying to figure out exactly why the dream he had the night before was so disturbing. There’s elements to the production that recall one of Grouper’s less-ambient songs, and the fuzziness of its rendering helps cloud some of Powell’s heartache. Longing for something that once was and will never exist again is an especially difficult, unfixable feeling, and Powell describes it in brutal detail. “And when you fled to California/ I was somewhere at home/ Just trying desperately to brush it off,” he sings