On the tails of their latest single release, “Forest Burns,” Canada-based indie folk rock duo Funeral Lakes have slowly begun gathering buzz for their anticipated self-titled debut album, out December 1st of this year. Partners Chris and Sam joined forces back in the spring of 2018 through a shared bond around the disillusionment of the current Anthropocene, from which they draw much of their artistic inspiration.
Much like their music, the group’s name, Funeral Lakes, grapples with the opposing and all too prevalent forces of nature and destruction. Their third digital single “Forest Burns” is no exception.
The tune opens with smooth instrumentals and stark, lyrical imagery. The band’s sound immediately reminded me of classic indie favorites Arcade Fire and Bright Eyes. The tune dives into the story of big oil companies and their impact on the environment, specifically our forests. Dismal lyrics like, “I gotta head full of lead/ I’m already dead/ One spill to make a million sick,” echo these sentiments and call attention to the pressing issues wrapped up in climate change. Sam’s vocal harmonies sync with Chris’s, creating a haunting affect as the pair croons lyrics like, “That snake oil salesman is back in town again/ With pipeline oil spewing from his lips.”
This single grabs at your heart as you drift along through it, witnessing the devastations Funeral Lakes points out. The young artists’ lyrics are especially impressive and telling, engaging listeners as the forests slowly burn.
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