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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.

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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About Lost In the Trees

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, though, and Picker didn't return to the Lost in Trees project until 2008, when he graduated from Berklee and moved back to North Carolina.

Picker began putting together a new lineup for his band, calling upon several members of the Trekky Records crew as well as the University of North Carolina's orchestra program to help him out. Once formed, the group recorded All Alone in an Empty House, a lush sophomore album that featured strings, horns, and full orchestration. The record was released in 2008 and reissued two years later, following the group's signing with Anti- Records. The band's sophomore outing, 2012's evocative A Church That Fits Our Needs, served as a musical tribute to Picker's mother, who took her own life in 2009. The group's third long-player, Past Life, followed in early 2014. ~ William Ruhlmann & Andrew Leahey

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    Chapel Hill, NC

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