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Let's Build a Roof

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
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: 10/6/2009
  • Label: K. Records
  • UPC: 789856121311
  • Catalog Number: 61213

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Breathing (3:54)
  2. 2 Gravel (3:17)
  3. 3 Madagascar (3:13)
  4. 4 Sing 99 & 90 (3:46)
  5. 5 Acorn (2:35)
  6. 6 The Roof Caves In (2:01)
  7. 7 Loose Wind (2:45)
  8. 8 Winking Sign (2:39)
  9. 9 Remote Control Cars (3:41)
  10. 10 Don't Give Up (4:14)
  11. 11 Christmas Island (2:30)
  12. 12 Collapsing Homes (2:08)
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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, Guitar, 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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