Fog Lake – “Catacombs”
After spending a year in quarantine, I’ve discovered one of my favorite comfort activities is vaping in parks while listening to indulgently sad music. Fog Lake, the lo-fi project of Newfoundland-based Aaron Powell, reverberates with the simple, gloomy landscape of Elliott Smith’s XO, so it fits the roster.
His new single, “Catacombs,” from his forthcoming album Tragedy Reel, is a piano ballad similar to the classic “Waltz #1.” Powell’s vocals are mumbles, and the lyrics are as heartbreaking as Elliott’s: “You said you wanted to die/ You said you’ve got a broken heart and a broken mind.”
“The song describes the baggage and fallout of unrequited love through the filter of addiction and self-destruction,” Powell said. “I wrote it on my 27th birthday. It’s one of those songs that seemed to write itself.”
Listen to “Catacombs” below.
Tragedy Reel is out 4/23 via Orchid Tapes.