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Lake Placid Blue

by David Anderson

Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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1. Charline Arthur
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2. Mystic Knights of the Folk-Rock Wars
3:29 $0.99
3. Tulsa Riot 1921
5:06 $0.99
4. I Wont Break Your Heart
3:22 $0.99
5. Big Star
3:29 $0.99
6. Lake Placid Blue
4:03 $0.99
7. Trouble All My Life
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8. The Edge of Yes
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9. The Belle of New Haven
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Album Notes
With a downhome folk charm, David Anderson’s “Lake Placid Blue” goes for a unique pastoral beauty. Sung straight from the heart, the soulful storytelling ties the whole of the album together. His narratives feel fully lived-in and realized to the fullest. Incorporating a great deal of color within the arrangements everything simply shimmers and shines. At times his work recalls the straightforward earnestness of the Mountain Goats, complete with a similar thoughtfulness to his song’s subjects. Multiple approaches add to the fervor of the album, from the passionate strings to the rustic singing of the acoustic guitar. Never overdoing things, the stripped-down spirit has an incredible charm to it.
Setting the tone for the whole album comes the laid-back mellow world of “Charline Arthur” where David Anderson brings a little bit of playfulness into the track. By far the highlight of the album comes from the clear-eyed intensity of “Mystic Knights of the Folk-Rock Wars”. A serious kick powers the highly detailed “Tulsa Riot”. Never rising above a mere whisper “I Won’t Break Your Heart” has a tenderness to it. On the title track “Lake Placid Blue” David Anderson crafts an entire rustic, rural sort of world, a thing of pure meditation. Bringing a bit of rock into the atmosphere is the defiant independence of “The Edge of Yes”. Perfectly concluding the album the serene “The Belle of New Haven (Sarah Winchester speaks from beyond)” goes for a haunted elegance.
David Anderson’s “Lake Placid Blue” goes for a lovely bloom of lives lived to the absolute fullest.
- skopemag.com

Morgan Hill, California-based singer-songwriter, David Anderson, has shared the stage with many of his very own folk idols, including Richard Thompson, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, John Prine, Peter Rowan, Laurie Lewis, Iris DeMent and Tish Hinojosa.
With a passion for history and storytelling, he has made a vocation of injecting his favorite true-to-life tales into the music he writes. Placing a decade in-between albums, David’s previous releases include 1997’s Mad at the Moon, and 2008’s Layover in Reno. Now, another decade later, Anderson returns with the endearingly innocent, Lake Placid Blue, picking up the storytelling right where he left off ten years ago.
Immediately reminiscent of 70’s-era Neil Young, Mystic Knights Of The Folk-Rock Wars is a lovely bit of minimalist folk music. Acoustic guitars panned in both ears, kick, snare, a touch of viola elegance, and a kind story of surviving the times in one’s own way…

“I have come to learn, it’s truth that I adore
Tell me less and mean it more…”
—Mystic Knights Of The Folk-Rock Wars

A tale of the Tulsa race riot of 1921, the smooth R&B flavor of Tulsa Riot has a psychedelic touch to the electric guitars, and an overall Sid Haggan quality to it.
I Won’t Break Your Heart feels like Roy Orbison cut a track with Willie Nelson. It’s warm and uncomplicatingly tender; a reminder that life is never black and white, and regardless, love still rules…
“60’s memories, mostly good
Sometimes when you know you shouldn’t
It means you should
Sometimes when you think you couldn’t
It means you could
And I love you
I won’t break your heart…”
The cathartic, REO Speedwagon-esque, Big Star, brings a refreshing take on the oldest questions in life.
“Bring me to my senses, bring me to the brink
Bring me to the water, you can’t make me drink
If it’s all the same, tell me who you are
If it’s all a game, you must be a big star…”
Profoundly tasteful. Deeply thoughtful. Endearingly unrefined. David Anderson’s latest album, the unassumingly emotive, Lake Placid Blue, is living proof that most things in life get better with age. Musically, the layers of bluesy/folksy acoustic guitar work give the album its magically rustic personality, while Anderson’s prose and subtle vocal timbre deliver the substance. I always like to be transparent when a project catches me by surprise. And, this record did just that. It’s warmth and sincerity make it an “all the time” playlist option.
- The Ark of Music

David Anderson: Lake Placid Blue Album Review: An Indie Rock Triumph
December 2, 2018 Thorne Stone Music 0

Lake Placid Blue by David Anderson is nothing short of a triumph. There is something special about every track of the album and each brings a unique charm to the album. Whatever the case though, each track definitely pays homage to one or more of the loves of David Anderson. Whether it be historical storytelling, his varied rock, country, and folk influences, or his love for California each track on Lake Placid Blue illustrates it beautifully in both lyrics and instrumentals. The album is definitely one that speaks to the experiences and breadth of musical talents he has exposed himself to.
“Charline Arthur,” the intro track of the album speaks about a woman whom he writes “taught Elvis how to shake that thing.” The instrumentals speak to the old west, a rambling cowboy-style song though with a polished feel. Decidedly not over-produced, but instead precise to a needlepoint. All the instruments seem to have an identity down to the symbol work, which is its own over the percussion entirely which unite to form a sound that is authentically western. The vocals keep the same pace and while on the softer side, the dips to deeper tones and the kicks back up especially during the chorus give an authentic rambling. The song is so well-crafted and makes an amazing first impression which the rest of the album lives up to.
“Big Star” legitimately sounds like a hit you would hear on a classic rock station. The guitar and percussion reflect the sound perfectly, but the melody is guided by a bassline too groovy to ignore for the entire song even if it may sneak by you at first. The song is not only lyrically a statement towards his experience with lines such as “I have played the father, I have played the son. I have seen completion, I have been undone,” followed by other such as “All my life I’ve been lookin’ for a sign if you wanna show me you better get in line,” almost feeling like a call out. This is echoed in the line, “if it’s all the same, then tell me who you are. If it’s all game then you must be a big star.” The ability to take a snapshot into an age of history like this, but in the form of a song is astounding. Along with the callout style of the lyrics, claiming to be there with them. In some cases, he may very well have been given his presence alongside names such as Richard Thompson or Peter Rowan.
Rock fans, country fans, folk music fans and I daresay lovers of music everywhere may come to appreciate the sounds of Lake Placid Blue. The songs in this review are only a brief idea of the musicianship and artistry laid out here. Soul, personality, and storytelling unite in this album to weave beautiful tales from the heart and mind of David Anderson. If you are a fan of any of the aforementioned genres, even remotely, this album is a must-listen.
- Review Fix

David Anderson provides listeners with those authentic fire-side vibes that seem to emerge less and less these days. Lake Placid Blue is a calming, organic playlist that gives off the closest feeling to a live show as possible – as if the musicians and the singer are right there in the room with you.
From the opening hit that is Charline Arthur, through the delicate warmth of Mystic Knights of the Folk-Rock Wars, the artist showcases a strong ability to write songs that connect with ease, as well as to craft varied yet equally emotive, soothing soundscapes.
While the sound of this project has a fairly classic feel by nature, there are several ideas that pour through lyrically and offer something a little left of the expected. Anderson’s story telling and his own honesty and often vulnerability fuse beautifully to lead the listener through a series of deeply thoughtful, poetic moments.
In terms of the mood of the project, there’s a fair bit of variation. Tulsa Riot has something of an Elliot Smith vibe musically and melodically, though Anderson’s voice – and this is something you notice more and more so throughout – leans in a slightly classic direction yet again; actually reminding me of the Eagles on occasion. There are some simple but effective riffs filling the gaps between vocal snippets that add to the overall effect and help make this a stand out track from the whole collection. The lyrics captivate – Anderson paints a clear and compelling picture with his words.
I Won’t Break Your Heart mellows things out again, acoustic guitars lead the way, and Anderson injects more of that personal experience and emotion into the process. His voice is softer here, reflecting his own gentle approach and honesty in an authentic, believable manner. Big Star follows and picks up the pace – classic rock reignites, great guitar work, and by now you’re well and truly entranced by David Anderson’s words and his voice.
The project’s title track is one of the most memorable, coming through at just over four minutes in length, the detail and the melodic progression offer a particularly hypnotic bit of writing and performance that lulls you into a state of calm. After this, Anderson makes sure to kick things back up again with the Americana rhythms and pace of Trouble All My Life. His voice never strains past what it’s naturally capable of, and this becomes an endearing and enjoying quality that again reinforces that genuine aura.
Towards the end of the album, The Edge Of Yes is another Eagles-inspired song with some well crafted, long-form verses, and a notably more intense hook section. The storytelling and the personal touch fuse wonderfully once more, and the guitar work seems to meander perfectly among this.
Anderson’s scene-setting reaches its absolute peak as the final track of the collection plays out. The Belle of New Haven (Sarah Winchester speaks from beyond) is a song with a subtle and slightly haunting musicality, and lyrics that float through in a totally engrossing fashion. As the details emerge, the intensity rises – a dash of cello and a few additional layers – Anderson’s voice maintains a certain tired tone for the most part, but this too seems to pick up momentum and weight towards the end of the story and as certain key ideas are repeated.
The song’s hook is surprisingly beautiful, higher notes and harmonies push the concept through with incredible poignancy. Undoubtedly a final highlight and a personal favourite from the whole album. The playlist in full is fascinating and easy to listen through more than a couple of times in one sitting.
- Rebecca Cullen, Stereo Stickman



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