Another stunning ballad off the Canadian musician’s upcoming LP
For the last several years we’ve been huge fans of Newfoundland musician Aaron Powell (aka Fog Lake) and his poignant, lo-fi DIY take on indie and folk. Last month he announced the release of his forthcoming LP Tragedy Reel, and promptly shared that record’s stunning lead single “Jitterbug” – which has been in our constant rotation since. And now today we’re blessed to hear the latest taste of that album, the swirling folk-leaning pop ballad “Dakota.”
“Dakota” is another dreamy Fog Lake stunner. Beneath the beautifully rendered vocal harmonies, Powell injects the track with an extra dose of vintage Americana via twangy banjo riffs, buoyant piano melodies, and string contributions from Molly Germer (Tomberlin, Alex G). The track’s hazy instrumentals and highly confessional lyrics give it a haunted quality that will surely linger with listeners.
Powell shared: “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. 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.”