Lakefield: Swan Songs

2008 – 2014

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Legend has it that the mute swan lives its entire life in silence, until delivering one beautiful performance in the moment before its death.

We are Lakefield, and these are our swan songs

Press and Praise

  • Lakefield’s “Good Guy” encapsulates all that’s good and gorgeous in the indie rock world. Christiana Bartolini for Indie Shuffle (full review)
  • ‘Good Guy’ is as good as it gets… a dazzling example of atmospheric indie-rock done immaculately. Craig Reviews Music (full review)
  • …“Good Guy” will make you sad even thinking about it unless you have a cold, cold dead heart. Deadly Music! (full review)
  • They sound like Death Cab For Cutie, but deeper, and far more eloquent. Bigger Than Beyoncé (full review)
  • Swan Songs has you fall in love with this band in their dying moments. Louder Than War (full review)
  • [“Good Guy” is]… gorgeous… entirely too perfect… The Music Rag (full review)
  • …there is an inimitable magnetism that only Rossiter's vocals can create. Media Pick UK (full review)
  • Lakefield are imploding beautifully. SupaJam (full review)
  • Le désespoir est le suicide du cœur. Le Mange Disque! (full review)
  • …deeply honest, personal, sweet, and playful. Vancouverscape (full review)
  • …it’s hard to already have to say goodbye… The Big Takeover (full review)

Songs

Good guy

You hold my heart / You’re not to blame / It’s just one of the outcomes of the games we play / You’re not around / To see me ache / I’m lonely but you’re busy with the heart you claimed / I’ll be around / So when you call / There’s someone here to catch you and to break your fall / I’m not the type / To follow through / I’m sorry for this heartache but it’s all for you / All for you / Can’t you see / I’m holding out / And waiting for the day when you will come around / I’m sorry I / Just can’t move on / This heartache will not go ‘way it's just gone all wrong / I’ll be right here / And when you call / You can count on me to hold you and to break your fall / Break your fall / Break your fall / Some day I / Will move along / But only if you tell me that my heart’s been wrong / Until that day / Why should I / Start moving on and wondering if you could’ve been mine / You could’ve been mine / You could’ve been mine / Wondering if you could’ve been mine / I’ll break your fall and make you mine

Hand Delivered

You’re lost across the sky / My heart sinks at the sight / Six weeks since you’ve been gone / Hold on to what we’ve got / You’re in my mind / As time floats by / Hand delivered, over, sign, and signature / Post provision in design, this is all I've yearned / Hand delivered, over, sign, and signature / Mailed and lettered, time and flight, you will return / Your plane lifts off the ground / My heart drops at the sound / You’re in my eyes / As time crawls by / Hand delivered, over, sign, and signature / Post provision in design, this is all I've yearned / Hand delivered, over, sign, and signature / Mailed and lettered, time and flight, you will return / You’re gone into the night / My heart sinks at the sight

Cupid

Cupid takes another heart down to the underground / He calls your name and lines up the others / He tosses you to the flame / Does that make things change / No, your heart stills feels the same / Cue the music for December / Hearts lost in the rain / Snow falls as we go undercover / We won’t be found ‘til the spring / Does that make things change / No, your heart still feels the same / Oh have you heard / Rumours of those star crossed lovers / Oh have you seen / Their faces in the magazines / Cupid takes another heart down to the underground / He holds you tight and tucks in the covers / He kisses you goodnight

Interlude

In my mind I hold your hand / I hold it close to mine and / In my mind you understand that this is love / Want to shout your name from the rooftop / Wanna hold you close and never stop / Want to shout your name from the rooftop / ‘Cause this is love

Don’t Waste Time

Don’t waste time, we’re running out of days to get you here / Don’t waste time, we’re running out of days now / Haven’t you heard / It’s a long way underneath / Haven’t you seen / We’re the same we’ve ever been / What’s the word / Won’t you tell me something good / What does it mean / I would tell you if I could

Your Conviction Is Sweet

One more time / So many years; I can’t take another / We’ll be fine / Over and over still expecting things to change / Come with me / Your conviction is sweet, but I can’t see forward / Soon you’ll see / Hold my hand / But it slips; get a grip; you’re sinking / ‘till the end / Can’t keep your head above water anymore / Here we go / You’re on your own from this moment onward / One more show / It’s not the end if you start it up again / Still in sight / Don’t give up before the end of the song / Felt so right / So close to landing in the place where you belong

Sounds From The Treeline

Lakefield's debut album

Gregory Adams of The Georgia Straight says…

There’s so much sweetness on Lakefield’s debut… Rossiter optimistically sings with her dove’s coo.

François Marchand of The Vancouver Sun thinks that Sounds From The Treeline's…

sheer exuberance and honesty easily win in the end.

Bob Katz, Mastering Engineer and author of the seminal book "Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science" believes that Sounds From The Treeline is…

…one of the most interesting and best-recorded albums I’ve done…

Sounds From The Treeline expresses a yearning for escape, simplicity, love, and togetherness. Vancouver, hemmed by mountains, ocean, and wilderness, looms like a panacea in the minds of Canadians accustomed to more dominating urban forms and a more punishing climate, and represents a living embodiment of the simultaneous desires for civilization and solitude. Lakefield, composed of Vancouver locals and transplants from Toronto and Edmonton, tells this quintessential Canadian story.

Members of Lakefield

About Lakefield

From the first cry to the final breath, Lakefield’s story has been a humble one, co-authored by five complicated friends. It’s one well known by anyone who has ever longed to live and love through music: the euphoria of a perfectly executed decrescendo; the long fall on to deaf ears; the big-kid, major-label ambition, radiating energy into the void; the only aspiration being the sound of half breaths hauling heavy hopes up steep steps. Five untenable years, one full length debut album, and more than 25 live performances after Kate Rossiter (Keys, Vocals), Steven Luscher (Guitar, Vocals), Kyle Sulyma (Bass), Bryan Chiu (Guitar), and Paul Teehan (Drums) made their first sound, Lakefield is back to write their final chapter, pull up the covers, and blow out the light.

Legend has it that the mute swan lives its entire life in silence, until delivering one beautiful performance in the moment before its death. The Swan Songs EP, is Lakefield’s. Produced as a blood promise to each other to remember themselves as they were at the end, it was recorded on two continents, against impossible odds. Drummer Paul Teehan laid the foundation of this tombstone release in London at The Limehouse, their swan pond literally within view of the control room. With help from their most dedicated friends, the remaining members built the release atop those transatlantic recordings, back in the bedrooms and living rooms of Lakefield’s hometown – Vancouver, BC.

A stone’s throw from where Swan Songs was made, mute swans swim around downtown’s Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park. They are beautiful, but hindered. They can not fly, nor migrate, because their wing tendons have been clipped. Like them, Lakefield will never take flight again. With love, they leave you these, their exuberant Swan Songs.

Lakefield is:
  • Kate Rossiter – Keys, Vocals
  • Steven Luscher – Guitar, Vocals
  • Kyle Sulyma – Bass
  • Bryan Chiu – Guitar
  • Paul Teehan – Drums

Credits & Contacts

Swan Songs

All songs written and performed by Lakefield

UK drum tracking
Joel Davies at The Limehouse – London, England
All other tracking
Steven Luscher at Totally Sweet Studios – Vancouver, Canada
Mixing
Jeremy Sklarsky at Threshold Recording Studios – New York City, USA
Mastering
Bob Katz at Digital Domain – Altamonte Springs, USA
Album artwork and photography
Steven Luscher
Bass on “Your Conviction Is Sweet”
Steven Luscher
Guitar on “Your Conviction Is Sweet”
Kyle Sulyma
Trombone on “Good Guy”, “Hand Delivered”, “Cupid”, “Don’t Waste Time”, and “Your Conviction Is Sweet”
Steve Mynett
Additional gang vocals on “Don’t Waste Time” and “Hand Delivered”
  • Katie Lapi
  • Katey Hill
  • Natalie Vermeer
  • Annie Seagram
  • Adam Sharp
  • Sarah Sangster
Lakefield would like to thank
  • Amber Bezahler
  • Tom Fedechko
  • Sholeh Atash
  • Vancouver Film School

Sounds From The Treeline

All songs written and performed by Lakefield

Tracking for “North Wind”
Lyell Woloschuk at The Art Institute of Vancouver – Burnaby, Canada
All other tracking
Steven Luscher at Totally Sweet Studios – Vancouver, Canada
Additional editing
Paul Boechler and Shawn Cole at Fadermaster – Vancouver, Canada
Mixing
Shawn Cole at Fadermaster – Vancouver, Canada
Mastering
Bob Katz at Digital Domain – Altamonte Springs, USA
Album artwork
Chenoa Gao
Trombone on “Call And Answer” and “Timebomb”
Steve Mynett
Additional gang vocals on “World War Z”
  • Joseph Lin
  • Stacey Kushniruk
  • Cale Boden
Additional gang vocals on “North Wind”
  • Graham Huber

Good Guy Music Video

Written and performed by Lakefield

Direction, videography, and post-production
Steven Luscher
Pre-production consultant
Natalie Turnbull
Set decoration
  • Scott Volk
  • Ali Shahidi
Kate’s makeup
Diana Richardson for Sephora
Lakefield would like to thank
  • Peter Armstrong
  • Scott Patten

Press

James Moore
james@independentmusicpromotions.com
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Photography & Album Art

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