A great platform for his guitar prowess, Alien Lake features a wide range of musical influences that run the gamut from classical piano (on the beautiful instrumental title track) to psychedelic grunge rock on "Turkish Freakout" and more outwardly pop sensibilities on the cheekily titled "Steely Down." While entirely written by de Courcy, the album features contributions from guitarist Michael Kraushaar, bassist Mat Vass and drummer/percussionist Phi Van, and was recorded at Alien Lake Studios in Kelowna, hence the album's name. "Wind Chimes" recalls the best of Weezer, in both its simplicity and instrumental duality, easily shifting from soft melodic strings to all-out cacophony in a split second.
A lot of care was put into Alien Lake, and those efforts are made obvious throughout every track, with de Courcy's unmitigated involvement in its recording making for a deeply satisfying listen. (Neptoon)