Lake Avenue Dive, “Clearly” (Nonesuch Information)
Lake Avenue Dive’s seventh studio album takes its title from the primary phrase within the first tune — “Clearly.” This is one other factor that is apparent: It’s good to make this band a part of your life.
Name them what you want — alt-country, indie-pop, pop-folk — the hard-to-classify Late Avenue Dive provide top-notch songwriting with progressive lyrics and probably the most underrated vocalist in music as we speak.
Initially shaped in 2004 by college students attending the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, the band consists of singer Rachael Value, Mike “McDuck” Olson on trumpet and guitar, Bridget Kearney on upright bass and Mike Calabrese on drums. Latest member, keyboardist Akie Bermiss, harmonizes fantastically with Value on “Similar Previous Information,” and wrote the attractive and wistful “Anymore.”
The 11-track “Clearly” follows “Free Your self Up” from 2018, which featured one of many band’s hits, “Good Kisser.” This time, “Feels Just like the Final Time” has a rootsy vibe and “Sarah” is a cappella.
“No person’s Stopping You Now” was penned by Value as a letter of encouragement to her teenage self and “Know That I Know” is a cool and humorous trumpet-led ode to lovers (“You are Captain Kirk to my Spock/I am Dee Dee Ramone and also you’re punk rock.”)