10 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The third album from Lost in the Trees represents a major volte-face move on the part of the group's mastermind, singer/songwriter Ari Picker. Up until Past Life, the Chapel Hill, N.C., outfit employed a chamber-pop sound with lush string and horn arrangements, elegantly flowing melodic lines, and overt classical influences. This time around, there's a different agenda on the table. With Picker still calling the shots and producer Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors) on board, there's still an appealingly off-kilter art-pop inclination. But the expansive, orchestral flavors are eschewed for a significantly stripped-down, sometimes minimalist approach built around steady, throbbing beats and relatively simple keyboard lines. Were it not for Picker's own airy vocal tones, tracks like the uncluttered, almost synth-poppy "Lady in White" and "Sun" would be tough to identify as the output of the band behind A Church That Fits Our Needs or All Alone in an Empty House. But that's part of what progress is all about.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The third album from Lost in the Trees represents a major volte-face move on the part of the group's mastermind, singer/songwriter Ari Picker. Up until Past Life, the Chapel Hill, N.C., outfit employed a chamber-pop sound with lush string and horn arrangements, elegantly flowing melodic lines, and overt classical influences. This time around, there's a different agenda on the table. With Picker still calling the shots and producer Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors) on board, there's still an appealingly off-kilter art-pop inclination. But the expansive, orchestral flavors are eschewed for a significantly stripped-down, sometimes minimalist approach built around steady, throbbing beats and relatively simple keyboard lines. Were it not for Picker's own airy vocal tones, tracks like the uncluttered, almost synth-poppy "Lady in White" and "Sun" would be tough to identify as the output of the band behind A Church That Fits Our Needs or All Alone in an Empty House. But that's part of what progress is all about.

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