:: Have been listening to the EP preview the entire afternoon and I can’t wait for it to get available!
The Lake Poets is the indie-folk project of Sunderland multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Martin Longstaff. He’s been playing as the Lake Poets for a couple of years now and has released the wonderful singles Rain in 2012 and April 2013. Longstaff also played live shows across the UK from Cornwall to Inverness, sometimes going solo, but sometimes also with his band (comprising family members and a few friends). Now, it’s finally time for Honest Hearts, the debut EP by The Lake Poets.
Honest Hearts is officially released today (June 16, 2014) via Generator Music. The EP is available as digital download (mp3, flac, wav), 10″ standard vinyl edition and 10″ special vinyl edition (including handwritten lyrics, handmade CD and other handmade touches). Physical release includes digital download code. You can buy/order your copy of Honest Hearts directly from The Lake Poets’ Bandcamp.
All songs are written by Martin Longstaff, the EP is produced by Longstaff with Mick Ross.The five songs were recorded at Newcastle’s Blast Recording Studios and mixed at Mono Studios. In a recent interview with NE Volume, Martin Longstaff talked about his debut EP: “The record is roughly a concept EP documenting a dark period of time I’d like to forget. It’s a little different from my previous releases as I played the majority of the instruments on the tracks, and getting my band in for the more ambitious songs. I’ve moved away slightly from the acoustic guitars to help get the melancholy and twisted feel of the songs across more effectively. It’s quite a dark, haunting and sombre record”
Honest Hearts is streaming in its entirety above (via Soundcloud.) Windowsill is the second single and opening track The Lake Poets unveiled of Honest Hearts. According to The Lake Poets Soundcloud, it’s “a song about agoraphobia and unrequited love“. The EP version is a new recording/mastering of an older The Lake Poets song. First single and title track Honest Hearts comes with a lovely music video directed by Ian West. The Lake Poets are having a handful of upcoming UK shows, check out the dates below and watch the Honest Hearts video.
02. Honest Hearts
03. Dead Horses
05. Windowsill (Reprise)
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Wed 16 Jun 2014 // London, UK // EP Launch at The Sebright Arms
Fri 20 Jun 2014 // Leeds, UK // Brudenell Games Room (w/Sam Airey)
Fri 27 Jun 2014 // Newcastle, UK // The Mining Institute [Sold Out]
Sat 23 Aug 2014 // Middlesborough, UK // Middlehaven Festival
Sat 30 Aug 2014 // South Shields, UK // Bernicia Festival
Fri 05 Dec 2014 // York, UK // Fibbers
NE Volume − An interview with The Lake Poets
More ‘The Lake Poets’ on Music Pickings:
2013, May 02 − New Single: April [Official Video] / With Me [Free Download]
2012, Dec 22 − New Single: Rain [Official Video]