Lost In The Trees – All Alone In An Empty House [Album Review]

by oz on November 16, 2010

Its that time of year when I start discovering albums Ive overlooked throughout the year. Its also around this time when I lose my inspiration to blog about music. Thankfully, I unearthed Lost In The Trees with my last remaining eMusic credits and I feel a bit like Alice plummeting down the rabbit hole.

Ari Picker is the founder, composer, and driving force behind Chapel Hills Lost In The Trees. The band creates a sonic blend of indie-folk rock with a backdrop of dramatic classical arrangements. All Alone In An Empty House meanders at times, then careens around sharp twists and turns as it approaches emotional catastrophe. The lyrics are so deeply personal that either old wounds will rip back open or the song craft will serve as near-permanent catharsis. The album opens with the title track which Ari describes:

The lyrics to the title track All Alone in an Empty House are taken from powerful arguments my parents had while living in the house where I was born. The song’s locations and happenings, my father’s stone wall, the tower off the side of the house that he eventually moved into, my twin sisters who died at birth, my mother’s extreme depression, the emotional and sexual abuses, they are all real. But my intention in sharing them is to turn this hard reality into art, something that the listener may find comfort or hope in.

In stark contrast to that contemplative acoustic opener, “Walk Around The Lake” follows in a violent storm of stringed crescendos and ghastly squeals that abruptly plunge into delicacy. “Song for The Painter” is a song about reconciliation that serves as a reprieve before “Fireplace” accelerates in fervor. It carries an angry guitar riff that is slowly softened by strings as the song progresses.

All Alone In An Empty House is one of those albums that requires exploration. Ari has much to say in lyrics delivered by fragile vocals, but his compositions tell a story all on their own. As a listener, it requires devotion to pull back the layers and allow the two to coalesce. If youre a fan of Neutral Milk Hotel, Horse Feathers, and The Acorn, this is an album you should check out.

Lost In The Trees – Walk Around The Lake

Lost In The Trees – Fireplace

Lost In The Trees – All Alone In An Empty House

Video: Lost In The Trees – Walk Around The Lake

Lost in the Trees – “Walk Around The Lake” from Trekky Records on Vimeo.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Mark November 16, 2010 at 7:22 am

This is one of my favorite albums right now – your comments regarding the lyrics are spot on. I also came across this gem late and blogged about it here: http://altinterstate.blogspot.com/2010/10/lost-in-trees-all-alone-in-empty-house.html.

Thanks to HearYa for being excellent!

Lynn November 16, 2010 at 8:46 am

I wish the video wasn’t jumpy when I tried to see it. It seemed pretty cool! I’ll try again later. Where do you guys find these indie artists?

Sir Indie November 16, 2010 at 8:54 am

Lost In The Trees – “Walk Around The Lake”

Pretty cool video and song! Love the “choir chorus” touch!

Woody November 16, 2010 at 9:21 am

This album is a gem. Glad that Oz was able to track it down.

vocal nerd rodeo November 16, 2010 at 1:17 pm

man, you’re right on with that description…really cool tracks. kind of draws you in like a good movie. thanks!

C.Kontros November 16, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Thanx for turning me on to these guys man! I’m so oblivious. They hail from my backyard. (i’m in raleigh :P)

It’s awesome and maddening when you find something new right under your nose. 🙂

Er November 18, 2010 at 3:09 am

Uncommon sound! Damn, I like it!

Todd November 18, 2010 at 7:13 am

I heard of these guys before, but never actually listened to more than one song. This is really growing on me, great review!

John Hamby November 22, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Definitely in my Top 10 this year. I was so surprised by this album.

jalil golestani July 16, 2011 at 4:56 am

i love you

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