Spirit Lake (demo)


  • Streaming + Download

    Includes high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Paying supporters also get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.

      name your price




Traveling to the islands of Haida Gwaii left a significant mark on me. Located right off the coast of British Columbia, this place held a certain atmosphere that I had never felt before. In retrospect my time there became the culmination of many dreams and desires throughout the years.

At Spirit Lake I was startled by a raven that began vocalizing strange sounds at me. It had landed up in a barren tree overlooking the lake and this creature was demanding my attention. I stood there in awe, unable to understand what it was trying to get across. As soon as the raven had vanished, I was overwhelmed by the feeling that I had experienced something mystical. It made my journey on these islands all the more memorable and I have not stopped thinking about it since.

The memory of this encounter is so powerful that when I started improvising on an electric guitar, I kept thinking about it again and again. Trying to make sense of it while I was playing and wondering just why it was so meaningful to me, an album started to take form.

In many ways I feel this music called out to me and I couldn't ignore its presence. Having sparked something that I still don't fully comprehend, these songs truly belong at a Spirit Lake.

Thanks for listening,


released July 17, 2016

Photograph by Nick Van Herck and Ben Van Houdt

All music by Ben Van Houdt as SITKA



all rights reserved


SITKA Belgium

SITKA is an ambient drone project drawing inspiration from the transcendental force of nature.

contact / help

Contact SITKA

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code