11 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hailing from the verdant Northwest, The Lonely Forest make the kind of music that Cloud Cult, The Shins, and Death Cab for Cutie also make: it's clearly rooted in the indie rock scene but offers something bigger, more emphatic, more enveloping. Guitars and keyboards are given equal weight, arrangements are both interesting and hooky, and every tune is imbued with some kind of emotional force that’s controlled in exactly the right ways. John Van Deusen’s vocals are a tad like Ben Gibbard’s and even Steve Malkmus’; they're reedy and casual while digging with an edge. This is The Lonely Forest's fourth full-length album since 2007. It's released on Trans Records, the label run by producer/musician Chris Wallace (Death Cab for Cutie); he also produced. From the soaring “Pull the Pin” to the exciting and forceful “Left Hand Man” (which beautifully showcases the muscular rhythm section), Adding Up the Wasted Hours sure feels like the band is headed into the same spotlight as those aforementioned groups. They’re just making sure they’re ready when they get there.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hailing from the verdant Northwest, The Lonely Forest make the kind of music that Cloud Cult, The Shins, and Death Cab for Cutie also make: it's clearly rooted in the indie rock scene but offers something bigger, more emphatic, more enveloping. Guitars and keyboards are given equal weight, arrangements are both interesting and hooky, and every tune is imbued with some kind of emotional force that’s controlled in exactly the right ways. John Van Deusen’s vocals are a tad like Ben Gibbard’s and even Steve Malkmus’; they're reedy and casual while digging with an edge. This is The Lonely Forest's fourth full-length album since 2007. It's released on Trans Records, the label run by producer/musician Chris Wallace (Death Cab for Cutie); he also produced. From the soaring “Pull the Pin” to the exciting and forceful “Left Hand Man” (which beautifully showcases the muscular rhythm section), Adding Up the Wasted Hours sure feels like the band is headed into the same spotlight as those aforementioned groups. They’re just making sure they’re ready when they get there.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
41 Ratings
41 Ratings
Ctakers ,

The hours were not wasted

In the time between their last album and this they have only become a stronger, more dynamically diverse, yet accessible band. Really memorable songs that should probably be on your playlist. Neon Never Changes was a gorgeous departure from the norm for them, but the whole album is organized really well. I loved Arrows but felt that a few songs were out of place (my opinion, which could always be wrong). This (in my opinion) is a complete work. Every song belongs. Even "teenage-teenager" listened to the album twice before giving it a two star. They were mistaken, and were clearly voting based on a false impression. I have also met the guys after a show, and their bassist continued to engage me in conversation. Great guys. Great music. Get it!

Rockfish2 ,

Still good: 2017

Yep. Even after the hiatus, the music is still fantastic.

Johnson.Cody ,

BUY IT!

The arrangement of every song on here is spot on. Well written lyrics, fresh sounding instrumentals, and each song has depth to it that let's you replay the record over again and still find subtle melodies or riffs or other background things you didn't catch before. Great purchase to make! Wish they would tour in south Florida though! Good lord!

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