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Classically trained composer and artist Ari Picker doesn’t think small. After making a string quartet central to a 2007 EP (Time Taunts Me), Picker plowed deeper into the fertile orchestral-pop field for his sophomore release. Working in the familiar palette of indie folk-rock bands like the Decemberists and Neutral Milk Hotel, but taken to a grander scale, All Alone In an Empty House sets a new bar for the “orchestral pop” crowd. The record starts off modestly with the delicate opening minutes of the title track; but soon, Picker’s yearning voice turns to a wail, and his acoustic finger-picking yields to billowing strings and backup vocals rising like rage in the throat: the devastating lyrics are snatches of childhood memories, washed in the hues of parental discontent. It’s unnerving, and utterly lovely. From the brawny guitars and scrappy choral shout-outs on “Fireplace,” to the “Carmina Burana”-flavored drama of “Walk Around the Lake” and the elegant classical grace of “Mvt. 1 Sketch” and “Mvt. 2 Sketch,” it is, quite simply, dazzling. 

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Such Emotion

Walk Around the Lake is amazing. Great vocals all around. Think I might go take a walk around the lake then come back to my empty house.

Excellent Update on an Already Wonderful Album!

I was a little concerned when Lost in the Trees went back to the studio to re-record All Alone in an Empty House. I wasn't sure what kind of changes would be made or why. This new cut, however, is just as beautiful as the first. It has been a privilege to witness Ari's evolution as a musician - from the B-Sides to The Never and now Lost in the Trees. This is one of the rare albums that I will listen to from beginning to end without skipping tracks. If you're a fan of poignant lyrics, sweeping orchestrations, and music that is just genuinely moving, get this album!


I am a classically trained cellist and a band I play for (The Restoration) opened for Lost in the Trees last night in Columbia, SC. Lost in the Trees is an amazing visual and audio experience. Like cirque du soleil for indie music. If you have the chance to see this band don't miss it! Their sound is clean and pure. Love them. Excellent musicians, all of them.



Formed: Chapel Hill, NC

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Lost in the Trees is the brainchild of singer/guitarist Ari Picker, a Chapel Hill native who started his career as a member of the B-Sides. Picker's studies at the Berklee College of Music led him to attempt an orchestral effort, and he adopted the moniker Lost in the Trees for the project. After assembling a small group of musicians, he recorded a folk-influenced EP, Time Taunts Me, and released it on Trekky Records in early 2007. Schoolwork prevented him from touring in support of the EP's release,...
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