With clever lyricism and instrumentation new to country group Lake & Lyndale, their newest single “Long Way Home” is a fitting representation of the band’s lighthearted spirit and artistic prowess. Out now, this folksy, vibrant song embraces the idea of putting the journey over the destination. The song, the group explains, “was a reflection on the roundabout way it sometimes takes to get from point A to point B.” Adding, “for us personally it was an artist’s lament.”
In a positive twist, the group demonstrates the importance of persistence and the beauty of keeping a dream alive. Consisting of Channing Marie (vocals), Jonathan Krentz (guitar), Eric Clifford (bass) and Tyler Kloewer (drums), Lake & Lyndale strike a captivating balance between fun and inherently relatable on “Long Way Home.” In the chorus, Marie sings “Come on wheels, spin me around like vinyl. This gypsy needs revival in her soul. I may go down as a lost prodigal daughter, can’t help my heart’s a wandering rolling stone. I’m just taking the long way home.”
With an air of free-spiritedness, the track feels approachable and like a candid reflection of the band’s true experience as artists. “In the initial writing session, we discussed the common theme of trying to progress,” they explain. “It often takes a lot longer to reach the destination than originally planned.” Despite the patience and persistence, it takes to achieve a dream, Lake & Lyndale are sure to have fun along the way. With a music video as uniquely quirky and charming as the band, “Long Way Home” buckles down on the idea of “enjoying the ride.”
In the video, the group is seen enjoying a day in the park, taking a convertible through the mountains, playing cowboy, rocking out as old folk and even including a reference to the classic That 70s Show. Seeing the group visually display the winding and ever-changing sojourn of life as a “gypsy soul” is a sincere reminder to listeners that everything is a process, and it’s okay to relish in that time of waiting. “I think we all have moments where we question our paths,” says Marie. “Instead, we should be embracing the journey and remembering that good things take time.”
They are currently working on new music to be released in 2022.