The Lake Poets is Sunderland based singer-songwriter/guitarist Marty Longstaff. His self-titled debut album was released last autumn to excellent reviews and has spawned the singles ‘Your Face’ and ‘Edinburgh’. Since first being aired on 6 Music, the former has quietly gone about racking up over 3 million plays on Spotify, while the latter has recently been playlisted by Radio X.
Recorded in Nashville’s famed Blackbird Studio and produced by Dave Stewart (Eurythmics, etc), the eleven songs that comprise the album see Longstaff’s shimmering, pure voice sit atop intimate, sparsely beautiful arrangements. Autobiographical lyrical content that is rich in painting the big picture about love and mortality by way of a keen eye for the small details of life also incorporates a heavy dose of social realism, such as in ‘Vane Tempest’ and its story of how the Miners Strike affected his father. The decimation of the North East and further family struggle is also writ large in ‘Shipyards’
Artist’s website: http://thelakepoets.com/
‘Your Face’ – official video: