From the humble beginnings of acoustic sets in coffee shops to house concerts and festival stages, Manitoba's own Lakes and Pines continue to defy genres and boundaries while bringing listeners along for the journey. Whether it's an acoustic duo or trio set or the full band, you can almost feel the seasons change through the eclectic collection of songs performed.
2017 marked the release of their first full-length album "Peace Comes at Last". The dynamic compositions bring a powerful narrative to the forefront with nature and the human condition prevalent throughout the 11 tracks of this debut. The acoustic roots of each song are woven with ambient guitars, diverse rhythms and a strong string section providing listeners with a wealth of warm tones. Available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, and more!
Members: Derek Helps, Melanie Schwarz, Patrick Simoens, Thomas Cram, Tyler Martens.
"Folksy, rocking, with deep and thoughtful lyrics – “Peace Comes at Last” is a terrific and confident first album from a group that I very much hope will experience a long and successful career.
Be advised, though: the group’s music is not for the absent-minded listener. Songs like “Boy Scout Jamboree” and “Big Change Coming” can provoke some rumination (or they should). the album will leave you thinking deep thoughts whilst simultaneously appreciating the musical package in which they are wrapped."
Great Dark Wonder
"The Lakes and Pines sound is a fully realized, comfortable soundscape, led by singer/songwriter Patrick Simoens’ gentle acoustic melodies and hushed, lilting alto. The songs are fleshed out by ethereal string crescendoes, atmospheric electric guitar … and pinned down by a solid, fluid rhythm section."
Winnipeg Free Press
“Poetic lyrics, acoustic melodies and masterful storytelling. Manitoba’s Lakes and Pines are everything you’d expect from an indie folk quintet – and so much more. Filling out their sound with cascading strings and arresting vocals, they take you on a musical journey through time, space and your own thoughts.”