When it comes to making protest music, Funeral Lakes know that you don't always have to scream to be heard (Courtney Heffernan, Exclaim!).
Like some emotionally-scarred offspring of The Velvet Underground and Arcade Fire, the music Funeral Lakes is making might be the latest turn in the quirky history of folk … Funeral Lakes is the duo’s coordinated attack, a secondary partnership forged when seeking a creative medium to share building fears and frustrations … Though dark, none of what Funeral Lakes has put out insofar should be called ‘rainy day music,’ or ‘tunes to wake up on the wrong side of the bed’ to. Songs to enjoy in ‘muted horror’ is perhaps most apt (Colten Dom, The New Twenties).
The debut album from Toronto-based duo Funeral Lakes is a thoughtful and dreamy neo folk reverie. Self-produced by members Chris and Sam, the eight-song album was recorded in their apartment, then mixed by Colin Spratt at Plastic Soul Studios. If goth folk is a genre, this is what it sounds like. It’s dark and moody and benevolent, with lyrics that are socially conscious (Francis Baptiste, Citrus Magazine).