Lake Michigan​/​Hopelesstown

by Lake Michigan & Hopelesstown

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Six tracks of stunning lo-fi slowcore, put together by two artists working separately from opposing sides of the globe. United by sound and the networks between friends, Lake Michigan and Hopelesstown form a beautiful union and bridge between alternating styles of personal, direct and emotive music.

A video for Predawn can be viewed here:

This is the twenty-fifth release through Lacklustre Records (LCK025) and was available as a run of fifteen cassettes in sewn up fabric cases made from old dresses. It was also available in string-tied cases from Ruined Smile Records (RS006) in an edition of fifteen copies. All thirty have been sold.


released October 11, 2014

Lake Michigan is Christopher Marks from York, England.
Hopelesstown is Will Canning from Sydney, Australia.

The photograph used was taken by Ewan McAleer.

Released through Lacklustre Records (LCK025) in combination with Brisbane's Ruined Smile Records (RS006).



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Track Name: Lake Michigan - Predawn
You would swallow the world for me,
For me again.
But I am pale and sickly,
Falling down to your feet,
Evading eyes and lips.
Filter downstream and end up lost and weak,
At my knees.
Track Name: Hopelesstown - Smitten
they say a pessimist is an optimist with experience,
that everything happens for a reason,
but I'd have to disagree with that,
because evidently, things have been happening to me

I've been in and out of love,
out of my own bed,
off it with the world,
into people like you

she woke up with a smile,
donned a floral dress for a dreary day,
she didn't understand all the fuss,
little did she know my fuss was for her then
Track Name: Hopelesstown - Other
bury me - in the wet soil of
the places we've been,
and been without
(I've been without)

cherish me,
as I have you,
feel my cold hands - against your skin

your face;
half brazen, half curious
and a little bored I guess
Track Name: Hopelesstown - Spring 2
I'll meet your friend outside the library,
it was spring,
and you smelled guilty,
so I wrote your name across the overpass

we're delirious,
twirling through the confusion,
you're so serious,
with me

reach for my better half,
only to slip and fall,
as the sun sets on our town,
which never existed

we're delirious,
swimming through the confusion,
and we're so serious,
with eachother