Giving & Receiving

Giving & Receiving

by LAKE

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Overview

While recording their third album, Giving & Receiving, the Olympia, WA band LAKE had a bit of a problem. The analog tape they were recording on began to disintegrate, threatening the project and forcing a switch to digital recording. Since part of the reason for recording on tape is the desire to capture a feeling of warmth, the group feared the loss of that intangible quality after the switch-over. They shouldn't have worried, because the record is just as warm, rich, and layered with soft soul as their previous efforts. The way the voices mix together, the blend of old keyboards, gently strummed guitars, the pleasing array of horns, percussion, and bells that weave through the mix, all join together to make the trademark sound of LAKE with no digital interference. Listening to the album on headphones, it feels like the band is right there in the room with you, surrounding you with their low-key beauty. With the sound sorted out, the next place to look is the songwriting, and the main duo of Eli Moore and Ashley Eriksson turn in a batch of intimate and searching songs that look deep into their lives and at the world, natural and manmade, around them. Eriksson has the kind of soothing voice that can make the tragic line "there used to be fish in the ocean" sound like a sweet lullaby, she floats through her songs with a grace and strength that contrast well with Moore's quietly fragile vocals. They sound just right singing together, and when the whole band (and their assorted friends) chime in, they get a nice, full, and somewhat haunting chorus sound going. This album isn't a great leap ahead for LAKE in terms of quality, since the previous two records were also very good, but it does show them improving and refining their sound to the point of perfection. It also may not be the kind of record that will get them all kinds of buzz and acclaim, but if you take a chance on it, after a few listens, you'll be holding on to Giving & Receiving like you were Linus and it was your security blanket.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/12/2011
Label: K. Records
UPC: 0789856122820
catalogNumber: 61228
Rank: 179624

Album Credits

Performance Credits

LAKE   Primary Artist
R. Stevie Moore   Voices
Karl Blau   Percussion,Saxophone
Andrew Dorsett   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Group Member
Ashley Eriksson   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Timpani,Group Member
Bill Kautz   Horn
Markly Morrison   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Group Member
Eli Moore   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Ben Kamen   Synthesizer
Adam Oelsner   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Paul Benson   Background Vocals
Lindsay Schief   Bass,Drums,Group Member
Olympia Free Choir   Vocals
Kyle Durkee   Trumpet
Kevin Shintaku   Trombone
Grant Cross   Wurlitzer
Eric Vanderbilt-Matthews   Saxophone
Eric Valley   Trombone

Technical Credits

Calvin Johnson   Engineer
Karl Blau   Engineer
E. Moore   Composer
Andrew Dorsett   Vocal Group
Bob Schwenkler   Vocal Group
Sarah Cass   Band Photo
Markly Morrison   Vocal Group
Eli Moore   Engineer
Ben Kamen   Vocal Group
Stephanie Schief   Vocal Group
Lindsay Schief   Vocal Group
Ben Hargett   Liner Notes
Joe Menthe   Cover Photo

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