Let's Build a Roof

Let's Build a Roof

by LAKE
     
 

The indie pop collective from Olympia known as LAKE released one of 2008's most enjoyable records made by an indie pop collective with Oh, the Places We'll Go. In fact, it was just plain enjoyable, filled with soulful jams and quietly happy tunes perfect for summertimes. The 2009 follow-up, Let's Build a Roof, is less cheery andSee more details below

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The indie pop collective from Olympia known as LAKE released one of 2008's most enjoyable records made by an indie pop collective with Oh, the Places We'll Go. In fact, it was just plain enjoyable, filled with soulful jams and quietly happy tunes perfect for summertimes. The 2009 follow-up, Let's Build a Roof, is less cheery and laid-back and more experimental and melancholy. The change isn't drastic; it's not like they've become Battles or signed to Tzadik. More like they've loosened up their songwriting some and added a few more instrumental colors to their playbook, more sonic twists and turns. The bandmembers still split songwriting and lead vocal duties, mainly between Eli Moore and Ashley Eriksson with help from Lindsay Schief, but they all seem to be on the same page stylistically. Maybe the best way to explain the stylistic shift is by looking at album artwork. On Places it was a cute and simple illustration, and the band's sound matched that. Here, they sound like the kind of band that would have an embroidered-looking cover and paint it on what appears to be a headboard. And then take it out into an actual lake. An indie pop jam band, in other words. Pastoral chamber jam, that is, with off-kilter horn arrangements, thickly weaved production (courtesy of Karl Blau), and mysterious songs. Indeed, very few of the tracks this time out are as easy to follow and love as Places' "Blue Ocean Blue" or its title track, but -- and this is an important qualifier -- they are as quietly effective if you give them a chance to sink. It's easy to damn a record by calling it a grower, but Let's Build a Roof truly does become better the more often you listen to it, as the melodies grow like vines and the richness of the sound begins to resonate fully. It's an important step forward from a band who could have easily made the same record over and over, but instead chose to take some chances. This kind of artistic growth should be applauded, especially when the results are as interesting as they are on Let's Build a Roof.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/06/2009
Label:
K. Records
UPC:
0789856121328
catalogNumber:
61213
Rank:
133088

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

LAKE   Primary Artist
Karl Blau   Guitar,Percussion,Saxophone,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Heather Hall   Choir, Chorus
Andrew Dorsett   Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Elka,Wurlitzer,Guitar (12 String Electric),Pianette,Group Member
Eli "Jah" Moore   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Melodica,Bells,Wurlitzer,Group Member
Adam Forest Oelsner   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Trombone,Accordion,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Group Member
April Schief   Choir, Chorus
Lindsay Michelle Schief   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Triangle,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Elka,Wurlitzer,Group Member
Summer "The Bod" Schief   Choir, Chorus
Ashley Eriksson   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Trumpet,Celeste,Cornet,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Kalimba,Timpani,Elka,Wurlitzer,Sounds,Group Member
Bill Kautz   Trumpet,Euphonium,Horn
Jenny Jenkins   Choir, Chorus
Markly Morrison   Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Celeste,Drums,Electric Guitar,Marimbas,Electric Piano
Kelson Coughlin   Marimbas
Gabe Will   Violin
Eli Moore   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Melodica,Wurlitzer
Billy Piepenbrink   Marimbas
Ben Kapp   Tambourine,Shaker
Ben Kamen   Bells
Adam Oelsner   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Trombone,Accordion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Tambourine,Vocals
Ashley Erickson   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Trumpet,Celeste,Cornet,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,Kalimba,Wurlitzer
Christopher Francis Schiel   Viola
Derek M. Johnson   Cello
Lindsay Schief   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Triangle,Vocals,Wurlitzer

Technical Credits

Karl Blau   Producer
Barry Corliss   Mastering
Traditional   Composer
Andrew Dorsett   Arranger,Composer,Horn Arrangements
Eli "Jah" Moore   Composer
Ashley Eriksson   Composer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
LAKE   Producer
Bill Kautz   Horn Arrangements
Eli Moore   Composer,Lyricist
Ny Antsaly   Composer
Ashley Erickson   Composer,Lyricist
J. Wood   Composer
Lindsay Schief   Composer,Lyricist

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