Phantom Lake: Northern Gothic 3

by The Green Pajamas



Phantom Lake: Northern Gothic 3 is the final installment of the trilogy which began in 2002 with Northern Gothic (Camera Obscura). It was followed up by, Box of Secrets: Northern Gothic 2 (Hidden Agenda) in 2007.

When Laura Weller and Jeff Kelly were thinking about where their next project might go, Laura introduced the idea of writing songs inspired by childhood. She had grown up in a neighborhood called Phantom Lake, memories of which eventually inspired four songs on this record. Jeff also drew from youth, remembering trips to Lost Lake, about twelve miles out of Shelton, Washington, where relatives had a cabin, as well as many vacations to the Washington coast over the years. Eric Lichter remembers a family from his past in the song, “The Rosebergs,” about a catastrophic tsunami roaring in off of the Pacific.

These are the same landscapes that populated many of the songs on the two previous Northern Gothic albums. The grey skies, the endless evergreens, the “black and blue moon” and “a thousand crows” which hang over small lakeside or West Coast towns populated by the lonesome, the unlucky-in-loves and even a few slightly eerie children.

This is a dark album. It is about obsession and sorrow and murder and too much whisky. The characters that permeate these songs exist in the shadows, often in the margins of society. These lost souls of the northern gothic world of Phantom Lake remind us of what it is to be human.


released February 7, 2018

Phil Hirschi: cellos
Jeff Kelly: vocals, guitars, bass, piano, keyboards, percussion
Eric Lichter: vocals, piano, keyboard
Joe Ross: guitars
Scott Vanderpool: drums
Laura Weller: vocals, guitars, piano
and Natalie Gray: violin on ‘Red Bird’

Produced by Jeff Kelly
Mixed by Tom Dyer and Jeff Kelly
Mastered by Tom Dyer

Photography by Susanne Kelly

All songs written by Jeff Kelly © St. Brigid Publishing/BMI except
‘Long Black Shadow,’ ‘Monica Talks to Angels,’ and ‘Phantom Lake’ by
Laura Weller © Laura Weller/BMI; ‘Amy’s Gonna Take You Down” by
L. Weller and J. Kelly © St.Brigid Publishing/BMI and ‘Cognac’ and
‘The Rosebergs’ by Eric Lichter© Eric Lichter/BMI

Thanks to Susanne and Tom

Special thanks to all of you who have come to the shows, bought the records and supported us over all of these many years


all rights reserved


Track Name: Long Black Shadow
Long Black Shadow (Weller)

The devil is inside the vacuum
Talks to you when no one’s home
Tells you there is no God, you’re all alone
You try to not to listen to
The voice you hear in the machine
Good lord, you cry, all I want is to be clean

And no one would believe you
So you keep it to yourself
But a door has already opened
And you can’t shut out
The long, the long black shadow of doubt

You’re sure this is just punishment
For all your little sins
Like tranquilizers with the vitamins
But the devil’s in the vacuum
Talks to you through ashes and dust
Don’t know who to blame,
don’t know who to trust

And no one would believe you
So you keep it to yourself
But a door has already opened
And you can’t shut out
The long, the long black shadow of doubt

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