Peter Lake, the self-proclaimed musical “ghost of New York” shows up again with his latest single WIPEOUT. The song, which features Lake’s friend and preeminent drummer, Charley Drayton, represents a change in tone for the artist whose recent successes have come from songs inspired by electronic dance music. His recent hit STAY BABY STAY could not be more different from WIPEOUT. WIPEOUT features live drums played by Charley Drayton. Mr. Drayton, a multi-instrumentalist and producer currently on tour with Bob Dylan, provided key guidance on the track, which was recorded using traditional analog instruments at Atomic Sounds Studio in Brooklyn, New York. Mr. Lake’s composition demonstrates the comfort with which the artist combines genres.
When asked about the meaning of the song, which showcases an upbeat melody perfect for a road trip or a day at the beach, Mr. Lake had this to say: “This song doesn’t have much metaphor. It’s pretty much a literal description of a March break in college. This was before COVID hit, and I stayed on campus to study. A group of upperclassmen saw me around the empty campus and invited me to join them on a surf trip down the Baja Coast of Mexico. It’s pretty funny when I think back to it: the only reason I wanted to go was because I had a crush on a girl in the group. I hadn’t worked up the courage to tell her how I felt, but I thought this was my chance. Of course, when we met in San Diego tragedy hit: the girl I liked didn’t come … she was visiting her boyfriend! Meanwhile, I told the group I didn’t know how to surf! That’s how I became the driver. Mexico is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever been to, and I wrote this song so I would never forget it.”
WIPEOUT will be available on Apple, Spotify, Tencent, YouTube and all streaming services beginning July 29, 2022.