Minneapolis band Big Lake debuted in 2014 with a self titled LP full of songs that were as ear-wormy as they were well-crafted. Their songwriting mixed with deftly layered guitar work and lush vocal harmonies helped them arrive at a unique blend of indie folk rock and alt-country. The release drew support from City Pages and saw regular airplay from St. Paul/Minneapolis MPR station 89.3 The Current.
The forthcoming Big Lake record dives further into their country roots. Their evolution from synths and driving bass lines to a pedal steel and country shuffles lends a more natural setting for Mazurek's voice and songs. Their new record is full of two-part harmony and carefully crafted songs, and is instantly reminiscent of Minnesota mainstays the Jayhawks. Their new sound does a great job channeling country classics like Sweethearts of the Rodeo era-Byrds and early career Merle Haggard. Their follow up is set for release fall of 2019.