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Editors’ Notes

Lost in the Trees’ 2010 debut appears to be the first stage of grief for onetime Berklee student Ari Picker, whose mother committed suicide in 2009. On A Church That Fits Our Needs, Picker worked to create a “space for (his) mother’s soul to go,” even putting her solemn face on the cover. LITT’s orchestral ensemble—cellos, violins, French horn, acoustic guitars, pianos and more—and Picker’s own delicate (yet powerful) and androgynous voice indeed conjure a magical place that glitters with a twilight-colored promise. Poignant lyrics of cancers and lost babies (twins, in his mother’s case) are intertwined with poetic images of birds in flight, glowing forests, and golden armor. “Loneliness, you’re haunting me,” he trills unsteadily in the sweet “Neither Here nor There,” while a harpsichord is struck and clattering percussion keeps the tune somersaulting along. There's a lovely, childlike feel here at times, though it’s on equal footing with a mature and introspective guiding hand. A Church That Fits Our Needs is an extraordinarily beautiful “place”; we thank Picker for letting us see it.

Customer Reviews

An absolute beautiful album.

Mom would be proud and this is a beautiful place to stay. Best album this year

Golden Eyelids wet with tears

At it's best, music transports us to a world without time, where we sense everything but don't have to feel a thing. It's personal. Lost in the Tress provides this break from reality, in a real and unpoached way. I heard "Golden Eyelids" in a theater and was in tears before I heard it once all the way through. I didn't think music could do that to a jaded urbanite such as myself. The whole album follows suit. A must have for any disbelievers who have a sliver of hope for something like magic.

Gut wrenchingly perfect.

Thank you. Truly music that speaks from the depths and touches the depths.


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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