They will release their first album ‘Woodland’ this week, more specifically March 20th, and we just can’t wait to have it in our hands. For a few weeks ago House By The Lake released their single ‘Redwood’ which was a deep, emotional and beautiful track. After listening to that one we had quite high hopes for their new album, and it seems like the band lived up to our expectations, if not more. The new album has 10 tracks that all have a touch of a country-dreamy-deepy sound, which really kicks off your brain and shakes life into your emotions. Especially our favorit track ‘Wedding Song’ that has these wild cowboy country influences with a cool and heavy pop sound.
The Norwegian band will be playing at Monarch, Berlin on Thursday, 19th and you are all invited! All you
need to do is send an e-mail with your name to [email protected].
Since the album isn’t out until Friday haven’t put it on our AOTW Spotify Playlist yet, BUT you can listen to the exclusive pre-stream here at Nothing but Hope and Passion‘s website. And if you would like to hang with the guys today (at distance) you should step by our nordic_by_nature instagram because from now on, they have the power over it. As usual we have been chatting with the guys and asked them five wild question, and down below you can find their five wild answers.
1. Explain the evolution of House By The Lake in 5 words
This will take a while
2. What song would you love to have written?
That’s a difficult question, and there are too many to mention. However, I would have loved to have written the song “Besvärjelse” by the Swedish artist Oscar Danielson. The first time I heard it was at a live show with the Norwegian artist Ingrid Olava who did a beautiful version of it. I think it just about sums up all the worries and joys that every parent experiences when raising their children, the pros and cons for unconditional love.
3. Is there a typical Scandinavian sound?
There might be such a thing, and as the old cliché goes; “it’s probably due to the weather” - and we have lots of it! Especially in our hometown of Bergen where we have 213 rainy days a year, which keeps it pretty clean after all. I wouldn’t think the conditions for writing reggae music are perfect.
4. What is your biggest influence that can be categorized - in one way or another - as non-Western?
I would have to say Tinariwen from Mali. Their “tuareg blues” is quite mesmerizing when you drive over the cold snow covered mountains in Norway. Perfect for road trips, but very hard to sing a long to!
5. What question would you like to ask next week’s Artist of the Week?
What is the strangest thing that ever happened at one of your gigs?