Lake Street Dive (from the album Free Yourself Up available on Nonesuch Records)
Not content to simply point out the obvious, Lake Street Dive demonstrate the title of their recent release Free Yourself Up with the power of positive thinking penned into the songs. They lead by example, claiming “I Can Change” as they face fear, taking stock on a personal level to fix inner feelings. Free Yourself Up scats as it sings “You are Free” on a scampering groove as Lake Street Dive admit they are looking for companionship in “Baby Don’t Leave Me Alone with My Thoughts” and encourage one particular heart to “Hang On”. Rather than mirroring sounds from the Jazz era through 1960’s Rock’n’Soul, Lake Street Dive put vintage into a blender to make music. A Pop sense to lyrics is surrounded by funky rhythms and jazz-textured vocal delivery as Free Yourself Up puts humor into a break-up tale with “Good Kisser” and wonders whether to be a friend or a lover in “Dude”.
The members of Lake Street Dive were attached to musical instruments by the third grade, the biggest influence the support they received to keep on playing. The four original members that formed in 2004 (Rachael Price-vocals, Mike Olson-trumpet, guitar, Bridget Kearney-upright bass, Mike Calabrese-drums) were joined on Free Yourself Up with tour keyboardist Akie Bermiss. Lake Street Dive keeps the wry humor brand they have cultivated in their storylines as they suggest ways to make life a little better in Free Yourself Up, Bridgett Kearney adding that ‘this album is based in the realities in our time which have inevitably become part of everyone's daily life. It's something you think about and obsess over—and write songs about. Free Yourself Up is about empowering yourself, emboldening yourself, no matter what's going wrong’. Lake Street Dive find that looks and conversations can head the heart in different directions with “Doesn’t Even Matter Now”, point the finger on a percolating rhythm for “Shame, Shame, Shame”, and quiet to a whisper to question decisions in “Musta Been Something”.
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