words by tom johnson
photograph by kristopher crane
We’ve been covering the enchanting music of Fog Lake on GFP for some seven years now. Hailing from Newfoundland, Canada, the sparse bedroom pop project is the work of Aaron Powell, a songwriter who made his name with a string of beautiful releases on the Orchid Tapes label, including three full-length albums: Virgo Indigo, Victoria Park, and Dragonchaser.
On April 23rd, Powell will share a brand new album on the label, with the release Tragedy Reel. Consisting of nine songs, the album was announced last month with the sharing of lead single ‘Jitterbug’, and it’s followed today by another beautiful cut, in the form of brand new song ‘Dakota’.
As subtle and strangely eerie as we’ve come to expect, ‘Dakota’ marries bright instrumentation – all aching strings and Figure 8-esque piano – with Powell’s gently fading voice, which always feels like it could shrink into the surrounding darkness and disappear at any given moment.
“The song evokes an American landscape, alluding to my experiences constantly moving back and forth from the city to my hometown on the island of Newfoundland,” Powell says of the song. “I had clashing feelings of homesickness and the never-ending battle between wanting to stay and try to make things work or begin again somewhere else.”
While the tools used rarely alter, Powell continues to make very special albums that gleam and resonate in their own unique way. Tragedy Reel furthers this journey once more; a spellbinding record for the slow crawl dead of night, a ghostly whisper in the ear.
Listen to the new song below right now, and preorder the album via on 12″ vinyl or cassette via Orchid Tapes.
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