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Ness Lake graduate from lo-fi Bandcamp demos to majestic emo on “Forgot”

Ness Lake
photo by Stephanie Galczyk

In addition to fronting Michigan emo band Swordfish, Chandler Lach has spent the past couple years releasing lo-fi music on Bandcamp under the name Ness Lake, and he eventually also turned Ness Lake into a full band, who will release their first studio album this year. It’s called Kicking, and it comes out on June 15 via Take This To Heart Records (which is also home to Swordfish). Pre-order it here. The record was recorded by Nick Diener, who fronted the broken-up Michigan punk band The Swellers (and who also recorded Swordfish’s 2017 LP) and mastered by former Defeater guitarist Jay Maas.

We’re premiering the lead single “Forgot,” which is much clearer and bigger-sounding than those Bandcamp recordings, and proves that Ness Lake clean up well. It’s atmospheric, melancholic, dead-serious emo that starts out quiet and minimal but eventually erupts into a crushing coda. If you like the art rock side of emo, you’ll probably like this. Listen below.

Ness Lake Kicking

Tracklist
Sitting
Kicking
Perfect Spirals
Cheery Menthol
Forgot
Bed Like a Grave
Microwave
Ellipsis
Varicose
Salt Stains

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