From Indian Lakes: Everything Feels Better Now Review

By Sawyer Stull
Music Journalist

Artist: From Indian Lakes
Album: Everything Feels Better Now
Release Date: October 14, 2016
Website: From Indian Lakes

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From Indian Lakes live concert. Photo by Eric Jones

From Indian Lakes was originally a solo project from singer/songwriter Joey Vannucchi out of California. Vannucchi grew up on 40 acres of land out near Yosemite National Park where he honed his multi-instrumentalist skills. At the age of 20 he began recording songs at a friend’s studio in a small town of Indian Lakes and releasing the works under the title Songs from Indian Lakes. Eventually after assembling a full fledged band Vannucchi released their debut LP, The Man with Wooden Legs, in 2009. The band began to do small tours crafting their sound over the next few years infusing warm indie rock with their angular post-rock sound. In 2012 they began to get a moderate commercial breakthrough when Google Play listed them as one of their top unsigned bands of the year following the release of their album Able Bodies.  The band is back with their 4th release entitled Everything Feels Better.

The album opens with “Happy Machines” draws you in with a synth on a delay that grows louder and louder before being accompanied by vocals. Piece by more instruments are added to the picture filling out the sound giving it a full and encompassing sound. The simplicity of the track and soothing yet haunting vocals make it an extremely easy listen. The second track “The Monster” is much more upbeat fast paced track but is still filled with gloom.  Lyrics such as, “But I don’t wanna live like that, can I get back, can I get back” show regret for past actions and longing to fix oneself. The song has an excellent close when all the other instruments drop off leaving just the lyrics from the pre-chorus and an acoustic guitar to carry on for a few bars. My favorite track off the album would be “Feel Love” on account it shows just how good Vannucchi is at blending bright warm indie sounds with his own more dark and haunting sounds. It’s an upbeat song that drives you to want to dance but at the same time can bring you down at the same time. The song really grasp the idea of wanting someone that doesn’t want you with lyrics such as “And when you want to feel love I can show you it, I can come around”. One of the last tracks “Sunlight” is another bright spot off of the album and is probably the most fast paced and upbeat songs off the album. Ambient sounds echo in the background almost like something you would hear from The XX. Vannucchi really shows off his vocal talent and range on the track stretching his voice up almost a whole octave for the bridge.

All in all this is another excellent album by From Indian Lakes that will surely please any prior fans of the band. For anyone that has yet to get into From Indian Lakes this is a great album to jump on with also. The album is perfect for this time of years with all the songs making you envision a crisp grey cold time of year with trees barren of leaves. Anyone who is a fan of bands like The XX or Washed Out will feel right at home with From Indian Lakes. Be sure to give them a listen and follow them on Twitter here.

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