THE LIGHTHOUSE AND THE WHALER have just released their new EP Paths, today (October 6). The EP is the bands highly anticipated follow up to their 2015 album Mont Royal.
Paths opens with cold, crisp guitar, growing into their anthemic title track. “Made of Water” adds a dancy catchiness whose delicate synth leads into the strong otherworldly sounscapes of “Ascending”. The powerfully hopeful singalong “We Can Make It” heightens the energy of the record plunging it into the reverberant, cinematic atmosphere of the final track, “Light Waves”, who’s spirit becomes a driving force through the end of the EP.
“I always believed art was about understanding,” says Lead singer-songwriter Michael LoPresti. “The songs on ‘Paths’ came during a period where I was struggling with some of the truths I had prescribed to in my life. Things like family, spirituality, and where I fit into the world. I think ‘Paths’ is my way of understanding some of that, or at least the first step on the journey. We’re all on a path, I’m just trying to find mine. I hope the songs we’ve made help people in whatever place in life they find themselves in, like I said before art is, in my estimation, about understanding and maybe together we can find what we need.”
In addition to the Paths EP announcement, The Lighthouse and the Whaler are supporting the release in major cities across the US on a 12-date tour. The dates kicked off yesterday at the Grog Shop in their hometown of Cleveland, OH, with stops in Nashville’s The End, New York’s Mercury Lounge, and many more. Full dates listed below.
5-Oct Cleveland, Ohio – The Grog Shop
8-Oct St. Louis, Missouri – Duck Room
9-Oct Nashville, Tennessee – The End
10-Oct Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Local 506
11-Oct Washington, DC – DC9
14-Oct New York, New York – Mercury Lounge
13-Nov Columbus, Ohio – Rumbe Café
15-Nov Chicago, Illinois – Schubas
16-Nov Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Funhouse
18-Nov Boston, Massachusetts – The Middle East
19-Nov Toronto, Ontario – The Drake Hotel
21-Nov Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Milkboy