Lake Street Dive's Free Yourself Up is, in many ways, the band's most intimate and collaborative record. The band worked as a tightly knit unit to craft the ten songs on Free Yourself Up and self-produced the album in Nashville with engineer Dan Knobler. "Free Yourself Up is about empowering yourself, emboldening yourself," says the band, "no matter what's going wrong."
Lake Street Dive released Free Yourself Up, its second album with Nonesuch Records, on May 4. The four-member band—drummer Michael Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, singer Rachael Price, and guitarist/trumpeter Michael "McDuck" Olson—self-produced the album at Goosehead Palace Studios in Nashville with engineer Dan Knobler.
To Lake Street Dive, the title, Free Yourself Up, is both an exhortation to listeners and a statement of purpose for the band. In many ways, this is the band's most intimate and collaborative record, with the band working as a tightly knit unit to craft its ten songs. For this album, the quartet drafted touring keyboardist Akie Bermiss to join them in the studio as well as on stage. Adding another player to the process freed up the the band members to explore a wider range of instrumental textures, construct more full-bodied arrangements, and build on their well-known background harmonies.
Free Yourself Up is the follow up to the band's Nonesuch Records debut Side Pony. The band toured eighteen months for that album, including a sold-out headlining show at Radio City Music Hall. Side Pony album was lauded in the press, with Rolling Stone calling it "irresistible,"rand the Boston Globe saying, "Side Pony is a confident, expertly played statement from a band that's been honing its approach for more than a decade, and it clearly shows that Lake Street Dive is ready to make itself known to whatever audiences have yet to succumb to its many charms."
"This album is based in the realities in our time,' Kearney reflects," which have inevitably become part of everyone's daily life. It's something you think about and obsess over—and write songs about. Free Yourself Up is about empowering yourself, emboldening yourself, no matter what's going wrong."
Produced by Lake Street Dive with Dan Knobler
Recorded by Dan Knobler at Goosehead Palace, Nashville, TN
Tracks 3, 8–10 recorded by Ariel Shafir at Dreamland Recording Studio, Woodstock, NY
Assisted by Dominick Anfiteatro
Additional Engineering on Track 3 by Ben Kane at Brooklyn Recording, Brooklyn, NY
Assisted by Jaclyn Sanchez
Mixed by Joe Visciano at Studio 112 in Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Randy Merrill at Sterling Sound, New York, NY
Design by Ben Tousley
Photography by Shervin Lainez
Michael Calabrese, drums, percussion, vocals
Bridget Kearney, basses, vocals
Mike Olson, guitars, trumpet, maybe vocals
Rachael Price, lead vocals
Akie Bermiss, keyboards, vocals
Jamie Dick, additional drums on "Dude"