North Carolina based seven-piece collective, Lost in the Trees is a highly underrated band. Led by the songwriting of Ari Pickler, the band creates gorgeous orchestral pieces with their songs, helped immensely by the fact that half of the band is composed of a whole string section and the other half are multifunctional instrumentalists. Their debut album, All Alone in an Empty House, was an underrated gem.
Their sophomore album, A Church That Fits Our Needs, then is a much more somber affair. As depicted in its cover sleeve, the album is about frontman Pickler’s mother, who took her own life back in 2009. While All Alone.. is lighter and incorporated a number of instrumental pieces into the record, A Church… is more straightforward. There’s a eerie sadness and bittersweet melancholy pervading Pickler’s vocals that haunts over the album – a fitting tribute for the life of someone he loves and cares about.
Check out the schizophrenic single Red as well as a beautiful live version of Icy River from LA Blogotheque’s Take-Away Show below.
Lost in the Trees – A Church That Fits Our Needs comes out 3/20 via Anti (order here)