If ever there were a moment, a passage in time that one would want to forever be suspended in a warm embrace, it would be in the lullaby-like vocals of Mount Hudson. The song “Lakeside Water” is a love letter to the majestic moments of life feeling like it’s passing you by. Mount Hudson, the moniker of Brooklyn, New York’s Dave Yim, channels the restlessness of unknowing with the confidence of a sage guitar and moonlit backdrop to tell his wonderful, wonderful story in “Lakeside Water”.
“Tell me now, tell me now” Yim sings, his voice rich as molasses on a tree and supple as dew on morning grass. His guitar gently weeps as the violin strings dance in the moonlight in this gorgeous song. “Choose to stay here, choose to forget” the lyrics collide with warm guitar and melodic measures. “Just be the sound of lakeside water” the words continue, as if to tell us to just stop and listen. Breathe. Be a part of something and be in the moment, perhaps Yim is urging the listener to jump in, take that leap into the water! It’s okay to let the waves carry you, you will float.
As a listener I almost completed the lyrics with “Moon River, what you do to me” as if this wave of nostalgia overtook the listening experience. There’s a subtle romanticism in the way the strings progress throughout the track. Yim’s voice does that to you – he envelopes you in his warm embrace; his voice is gentle and polished without sounding fake or over produced. “Lakeside Water” took me to a place of calm and clarity. His chorus “Tell me now, tell me now” still echoes in my mind.
Mount Hudson’s masterful song “Lakeside Water” is awash with a riveting music bed. The warm guitar melts away. The throbbing bass is effortless and nearly unrecognizable. This song is a celebration of independent spirit and the triumph of an artist that is floating just under the radar. Not for long. “Lakeside Water” is truly a remarkable song that lingers long after the first listen and begs for repeat. Just to be in this world, this ambiance that Mount Hudson has created is a treasured escape.
What you won’t find in “Mount Hudson” is a backbeat or any unnecessary embellishments. It’s perfect as it is – straight forward and a lovely cadence. Just brilliant. Can you tell I love this song?
Really, there is no one else sounding like this and that’s what makes this song so fantastic. Imagine those days of laying in the grass, looking up at the clouds and imagining all the shapes the clouds make. Imagine those days of skipping rocks off the lake. Imagine those days of hiking in the mountains. Mount Hudson gives a folksy listen into his wide imagination and moves us along in his slow dance to feeling independent. High marks indeed for Mount Hudson and “Lakeside Water”. This song makes you feel invincible and full of joy.