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The Best of Your Lies (Carrier Records, 2018) is available on vinyl, CD, and as a digital download. You can buy it on Bandcamp, request it from your local record store, or purchase it from any of the major online music services.

A Love on My Mind (Layered Records, 2011) is available on CD and as a digital download. You can download it from any of the major online music services.


The Best OF Your Lies (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
Owen Lake live performance videos

I’ll Be There to Meet You – Live at ShapeShifter Lab

Pardon Me, I’ve Got Someone to Kill – Live at ShapeShifter Lab

Walk Softly on My Heart – Live at ShapeShifter Lab

It’s Alright if That’s the Way You Feel – Live at ShapeShifter Lab

Orphan Girl – Live at ShapeShifter Lab

The Best of Your Lies – Live at ShapeShifter Lab


Owen Lake and the Tragic Loves‘ “electro-country” sound is both freshly nostalgic and startlingly unique. Hard-driving synthesizer licks meet three-part vocal harmonies, buttery bloops and bleeps, crying pedal steel, and pounding electronic beats in our fun, energetic live shows.
The band’s genre-bending style draws from the traditions of 1960s country, 1980s dream pop, and modern electronic music, mixed with an experimental aesthetic all Lake’s own. It packs an emotional punch to the heart, and invites the bruised listener to dance and cry along.
In 2011, Owen Lake released “A Love on My Mind”, an EP that surprised listeners with the band’s unusual, yet articulate and powerful, blend of its disparate influences.
In 2018, Owen Lake released his second album (and first full-length), The Best of Your Lies, which was named one of the Best Americana Albums of 2018 by Pop Matters .

The Tragic Loves

Owen Lake’s live band includes

Owen Lake (a.k.a. Jeff Snyder) on vocals and synthesizer

Ella Stone (a.k.a. Pamela Stein Lynde) on vocals

Mrose RFD1 (a.k.a. Anica Mrose Rissi) on fiddle

Melvin Cincinnatistrasse Jr. (a.k.a. Jair-Rohm Wells) on bass

Ragweed (a.k.a. Gavin Steingo) on guitar

Ernest Wood (a.k.a. James Moore) on guitar

Quinoa Murphy (a.k.a Dave van Allen) on pedal steel guitar

Squeaky Jones (a.k.a. Mark Eichenberger) on electronic drums




Aaron Fox, author of Real Country: “The freshest take on country music that you’ll ever hear.”

Ed Whitelock for Pop Matters: The 20 Best Americana Albums of 2018 “The Best of Your Lies…might just be the album that points to the future of country music….There is nothing more American than taking an already established form, breaking it, and blending choice fragments with the broken shards of other influences to craft something new. On The Best or Your Lies, Owen Lake has forged a new path for country music that will surprise many, infuriate some, and, more important, inspire others to follow bravely beyond the pulsing horizon.”

Richard D. Smith writing for The Echo: “Not a straw of satire in this musical haystack. Snyder has a fine country voice, smooth and sincere, expressing controlled heartache.”

Vinyl District: A- “Connects as a surprisingly successful legit fusion….Believe it.”
kleinKultur: “Melancholic lyrics and close-knit vocal harmonies make nice with electronics in Owen Lake’s rare brand of electro-country….The timbral blend heard in Owen Lake’s songs was often mesmerizing.”
Read a Princeton Sound Kitchen interview with Owen Lake’s handler, Jeff Snyder.

Unruly Sounds Festival, Princeton, NJ


Princeton University – Lee Room, Lewis Arts Complex, Princeton, NJ


Newark Penn Station, Newark, NJ, 5pm (NJ State Council on the Arts’ TRANSITional Arts Series)


Unruly Sounds Festival, Princeton, NJ


Brooklyn Bound,  Brooklyn, NY


Shapeshifter Lab (record release show), Brooklyn, NY 


Princeton Public Library (record release show), Princeton, NJ  


Unruly Sounds Festival, Princeton, NJ


Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA


Bourbon & Branch, Philadelphia, PA


Unruly Sounds Festival, Princeton, NJ


The Rosemont, Brooklyn, NY


“Sad Valentines” show at the Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ


Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA


Bob and Barbara’s, Philadelphia, PA


Unruly Sounds Festival, Princeton, NJ


Barn Burners, Princeton, NJ


Get in touch with Owen Lake at


or through Clandestine PR