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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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lady in white and rites

I love lost in the trees. I havn't heard enough to truely judge the new album. Everything before this album is out standing. Lost in the trees is in my top five of all time. I want to hear more of this new album. If it's anything like thier older stuff I will give 5 stars.

Can't wait!

Loving the new songs!! Hurry up February 17th. One of the only things getting my through this horrid winter--looking forward to the new release!! ;)))


This album is perfection, from start to finish.


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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