I don’t know who compared Lakefield to Death Cab For Cutie, but they’re a bunch of silly gooses. When you hear the beautiful vocals of Kate Rossiter, you can’t really think of anything, you’re just too busy swooning.
“Good Guy” is a song that I think was made to be in a Ryan Reynolds romantic comedy. It has that vibe. It’s a beautiful and sweet track, loaded with heartache and hurt and dripping with sweetness (mostly due to Rossiter’s vocals). It reminded me of “Merry Happy” by Kate Nash, if that works. It’s a harder, more aggressive song at points, but the vocals have that same dreamy quality that Nash’s tracks often have. This isn’t a bad thing, in fact, it’s quite refreshing.
“Hand Delivered” is a faster track, more pop-y and energetic. There’s plenty of fun in it, though it deals with similar concepts and themes found in “Good Guy,” which isn’t a bad thing. Plenty of albums have central concepts or conceits and Lakefield’s Swan Songs is no different, really.
“Don’t Waste Time,” for me, is the best track on the album. It’s a slower jam than “Hand Delivered,” but it’s perfect. Rossiter and Steven Luscher’s back and forth on the track is beautiful. In my time with the album, I found myself going back to that one over and over again. I only wish it was on Spotify, so I can throw it onto my usual playlists.
"Lakefield - "Swan Songs"" is on sale February 14, 2014 from N/A.