It’s Sunday. What did you do with your weekend? I hope you got a lot done and, if you’re up here in the Twin Cities, got to get out and enjoy the weather! Although I feel like I got a lot done, I still feel so far behind when it comes to chores around the house. Why change that now? How about a little distraction with some new music starting off with this brand new EP from Naked Lake?
The title track, “Dreaming Of” kicks this quick four-song EP with a super distinct yet warm sound that I am going to go ahead and assume is Naked Lake’s signature. It’s a beautiful soundscape of a track while vocals float over the instrumentation with ease. It’s the type of sound that brings a smile to your face almost instantly just due to a sense of freeness that it brings with it. Even though a little soft, there’s no denying the energy in this opening track. It absolutely had me sucked in and situated right in the palm of Naked Lake’s hand.
At four and a half minutes long, “Haunt Me” is the longest track on this quick EP but it really flies by just because of the daydream-factor of it. Part of me wishes that the vocals stood out a bit more than they do but another part of me likes this almost equal balance between the instrumentation and vocals. Again, the sound is soft and sweet but it has an edge to it with the way some of the words are presented. Everything about this track caught my ear even though it brought me such a sense of calm.
“Sour Spit” amps up this EP ever so slightly with a little bit more of an edge to it. This was an instant favorite of mine due to this new edge heard and felt throughout this quick track. The edge fades in and out throughout this track much like a dazzling guitar part that reigns over everything else at times before fading back into the background. I really wish I had more to say about this track because it truly is great but Naked Lake has a sound all of its own that just needs to be heard.
“Darling, I Know” closes out this album with a surprisingly bluesy feeling intro before the track jumps into that standard Naked Lake sound. I really like that, although this is the final track, the band is proving that they have so much up their sleeves and this EP is only a peek into their life as a band. The crescendos in this track are heard loud and clear in a beautiful way but they never quite hit when I expected them to and this kept this final track feeling interesting and kept me engaged. Somehow, this track goes to this sultry and almost bluesy vibe to something that can only be described as a Jeff Rosenstock ending which, although surprising, was the perfect way to end this EP.
This EP is too short and I can tell that Naked Lake has oh so much more to give. I can’t wait to hear more from this band. They have absolutely caught my attention and, after you listen to this EP, I hope they catch yours too!
My Favorite Track(s): “Sour Spit”
For Fans Of: Warm Yet Interesting Indie-Pop; Strong Vocals That Don’t Overpower
Daydream-ability: 6 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie laid on the back of the couch; Autumn hacked up a hairball in the kitchen
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 6 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 6.8 out of 10
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