Residency: Fog Lake – Week 1

Read the Orchid Tapes-affiliated artist’s first entry.


Residency is a two-part journal entry brought to you by one of our favorite artists.

This week, the St. John’s, Newfoundland-based artist Fog Lake gives us a tour of his apartment, where he recorded his new album Victoria Park.

Fog Lake 1

Here’s (pictured above) the first of the two rooms that my new album Victoria Park was recorded in. The piano I got as a Christmas present two years ago from my mother. It’s still at my house in Glovertown which is three hours away from where I live now (St. John’s) but whenever I go out there I try to do as many recordings as I can with it, before it goes out of tune again at least.

Fog Lake 2

This (pictured above) is the other room I recorded my new album in. A bedroom of bedroom pop. I’ve lived in this room for about two years now. There’s a lampshade on my head for good measure. There’s a scrumped up cartoon version of Hank Williams stuck to the wall. Friend of mine found it in a children’s book. It has a biography on the back of it, but unfortunately it doesn’t mention all the crazy shit he did. God bless that man.

Fog Lake 3

I only like to use colored light-bulbs. For this month I’ve been feeling the color red (pictured above). I usually switch back between blue and red. Green’s fun sometimes though. The classical guitar you can see on the bed was lent to me by a friend of mine who I’m producing a record for. I hope he doesn’t mind that I’m sleeping with his guitar.

Fog Lake 4

Lava lamps (pictured above) are also a necessity for me. I try to keep one on at all times while I fall asleep to the show Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction with Jonathan Frakes or Are You Afraid of the Dark. Both highly recommended. Next week I’ll give you a tour of the actual Victoria Park, which is five minutes away from my house.

Listen to “Renegade,” the lead-single from Fog Lake’s forthcoming album, Victoria Park, here.

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