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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.

Customer Reviews

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!

TLF Rocks! Buy It

I have listened to The Lonely Forest since their early days. They are an amazing band who get better with each record they release. Adding Up the Wasted Hours is better than Arrows which was an A+ effort. Fire-Breather is my favorite. Nice work TLF.

Don't think twice.

Just buy it. You will not regret it for a second, I guarantee you.


Formed: Anacortes, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Formed in the waterfront town of Anacortes, Washington, the Lonely Forest center on the talents of vocalist/pianist John Van Deusen. The group came together as a quartet in 2005, when frontman Van Deusen chose to bolster his piano-driven compositions with help from guitarist Tony Ruland, drummer Braydn Krueger, and bassist Eric Sturgeon. The group's spacy sound attracted the ear of Seattle's Jack Endino (who, in 1989, produced Nirvana's Bleach), and the Lonely Forest subsequently entered Endino's...
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Adding Up the Wasted Hours, The Lonely Forest
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music
  • Released: Oct 15, 2013

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