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Let's Build a Roof

  • 1. Breathing
    2. Gravel
    3. Madagascar
    4. Sing 99 & 90
    5. Acorn
    6. Roof Caves In, The
    7. Loose Wind
    8. Winking Sign
    9. Remote Control Cars
    10. Don't Give Up
    11. Christmas Island
    12. Collapsing Homes
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 61213

  • Credits
    ProducerLAKE; Karl Blau

    Personnel: Adam Forest Oelsner (vocals, guitar, electric guitar, accordion, trombone, synthesizer); Eli "Jah" Moore (vocals, guitar, electric guitar, melodica, piano, organ, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards, percussion, bells, background vocals); Andrew Dorsett (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric 12-string guitar, piano, organ, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards, synthesizer, drums, percussion, background vocals); Ashley Eriksson (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, trumpet, cornet, piano, celesta, organ, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards, drums, kalimba, tambourine, timpani, percussion, background vocals); Lindsay Michelle Schief (vocals, Wurlitzer organ, drums, tambourine, triangle, percussion); Karl Blau (guitar, saxophone, percussion, background vocals); Bill Kautz (trumpet, euphonium).
    Recording information: Dub narcotic, Olympia, WA.
    Photographer: Sarah Cass.
    Arranger: Andrew Dorsett.
    The indie pop collective from Portland known as Lake released one of 2008's most enjoyable records made by an indie pop collective with OH, THE PLACES WE'LL GO, which was 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, with 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. An indie pop jam band, in other words, or a pastoral chamber jam, 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. 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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