Lost In The Trees - A Church That Fits Our Needs Vinyl LP
Lost In The Trees A Church That Fits Our Needs Vinyl LP
A Church That Fits Our Needs, the second album by North Carolina group Lost In The Trees, is underway, announcing itself as a work of vaulting ambition, a cathedral built on loss and transformation. In the summer of 2009, Ari Picker, writer, composer and architect of the band, lost his mother, an artist in her own right, when she took her own life.
Picker was in the midst of releasing his band’s debut album, All Alone in an Empty House, a collection of folk-inflected songs that surprised with its orchestral arrangements, to an acclaim usually reserved for seasoned veterans: “both heart wrenching and beautiful,” said Paste, while the Huffington Post called the album “spellbinding in its musical ambition, touching in its intimacy, and often overwhelming in its emotional honesty.”
Picker took the loss of his mother and set about transforming the events into a tribute, composing, writing lyrics, his mother’s picture above his writing desk: the same picture that now graces the album’s cover. “I wanted to give her a space, in the music, to be, and to become all the things she didn’t get a chance to be when she was alive.”
The result is A Church That Fits Our Needs, an album that can stand beside musical journeys like Neil Young’s Tonight’s the Night and Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago. Picker’s astonishing voice, an instrument that veers from Carl Wilson’s emotional purity to the otherworldly abstractions of Thom Yorke, opens our window into this intensely emotional music.
While this might sound like a somber affair, A Church That Fits Our Needs is anything but. Picker, a classically trained composer, has Shostakovich and Stravinsky at his fingertips, but the music on this album speaks just as much to his love of Phil Spector and old film scores. Above all this is pop music, in the way that “A Day In the Life” or Radiohead’s “No Surprises” are pop music, seeking to present complex ideas to the widest possible audience.
This is the album Picker set out to make, a celebration of the woman he calls a “warrior,” and a testament to the power of music to heal and transcend.
Lost In The Trees A Church That Fits Our Needs Track Listing:
1. Moment One
2. Neither Here Nor There
4. Golden Eyelids
5. Icy River
6. Tall Ceilings
7. Moment Two
8. This Dead Bird Is Beautiful
10. Villain (I’ll Stick Around)
11. An Artist’s Song
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