Posts Tagged ‘Labrador’

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

Before we leave for SXSW2019 tomorrow, we thought we’d go ahead and release a lil’ acoustic dual single! So, if you ever wanted to hear what “Power” and “Secret Feelings” sound like Nebraska-style with just me and my tenor guitar,
A dual single featuring acoustic versions of “Power” and “Secret Feelings” from Labrador’s debut EP, “Tell Me About Your Dad” 
released March 10, 2019
Vocals, Tenor Guitar – Hannah Switzer 
All Songs by Hannah Switzer

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Hannah Switzer’s band Labrador describes its songs as “wry and melancholy meditations on all the ways the Patriarchy creeps into relationships and ruins everything.” The group’s debut EP, Tell Me About Your Dad, pairs those meditations with brightly rendered, strangely moody, slightly countrified arrangements that meet somewhere between Neil Young and the stormier reflections of Big Thief. Switzer herself looms largest over the proceedings with a rangy and evocative voice that can haunt, lament and sneer, sometimes all at once.

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Hypnotic vocal melodies, intricate undercurrents of drums and bass, and the unusual touch of finger-picking tenor guitar.
Labrador The Band
Vocals, Tenor Guitar – Hannah “Sundance Lass” Switzer 
Drums – Lawrence “Casio Kid” Gann 
Bass – Kent “2 Moist” Genis 
Guitar Solo on “Dumb” – Grant Kempski 
All songs by Hannah Switzer
released November 16th, 2018.

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. 

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Released July 5th, 2018

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