TUNE The Lake Poets - Lonely In The City
The Lake Poets is the solo vehicle for the Sunderland based left-field folk artist Marty Longstaff. ‘Lonely In The City’ is the first single from his forthcoming new album, ‘II’, which will be released in late August and promoted with a full UK tour (see dates below).
A plaintive yet beautiful and haunting piano-based ballad, Longstaff explains ‘Lonely In The City’ as “a song written around the time of the Brexit referendum that deals with abject sadness, confusion and a feeling of being left behind in the isolated and divided North.”
Written from a young person's perspective during Longstaff’s regular songwriting workshops with two of
his alumni, the song’s theme of isolation, dejection, but ultimately hope speaks to those of us with pain in our hearts but a vision of a better future.
The new album was written and recorded between Nashville and Wearside and deals with life and love
from the perspective of two protagonists who are lost and lonely in the city. The bulk of it was recorded and mixed in a one time drug rehabilitation clinic cum refugee centre in Sunderland's historic East End. It combines heartfelt and reflective lyricism with Martin's clear and shimmering vocals to produce a record that documents the complexities and compromises of growing up and finding love in the post industrial landscape of Northern England.