Vocalist/guitarist Seth Roberts, previously of Watashi
Wi, has formed a new band called Lakes. The band is
comprised of Roberts and Danny Igarta on bass and Jason
Massey on guitar and backup vocals. Their debut album Photographs,
produced by Roberts and Massey, is an emotionally uplifting opus
of melodically strung soft rock numbers with reflections about
life, channeling a mild Carbon Leaf manner and transporting
the listener into a refreshing state of being with a Goo Goo
Dolls powered airlift. The songs are melodically carved and
The opening track "Indian Lover" swills a myriad of
melodic soft rock textures toiled in a Jeremy Camp cuneiform.
The optimistic scope of the tunage is resilient, culminating into
a melodically accoutered series of mid-tempo odes to love like
"Love Or Grain" and the title track. The elevating lilt
of the guitar licks and soft rock trams cradle a Christian rock
hemisphere reflective of Edwin McCain and Australia's Alabaster
Box. The title track takes a personal perspective about a
couple so in love that they grow old together, still in love 'til
the end. The waves of melodic dales and euphoric summits have
a rolling refinement like the Mike Doughty, while the melodic
progressions on "Latersss" have a tilt towards The
Calling's optimism and The Pat McGee Band's driving
passion. The numbers awaken a sense of hope and can move even
the most obstinate listener. The final draw "White Flag"
displays brightly elated guitar lines encasing a homey, countrified
style reminiscent of Pete Yorn and Rhett Miller.
It's a song for people in Roberts' position - being in love and
focused on always staying there.
The Lakes debut release Photographs is an ode to being
in love and staying on that path. The music is deliriously melodic
and boundlessly optimistic. The songs arouse emotions to follow
a path of harmony, but can these songs relate to other peoples
real lives? This is an album that the world is either ready for
or totally not. There is no middle ground for this one, but there
is also no doubt that Lakes are enormously endowed tunesmiths
and one that songwriters and music fans will find laudable.
1. Indian Lover
2. Love Or Grain
5. White Flag
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