The acclaimed musical collective Lost In The Trees have just released an emotionally evocative and sonically imaginative new album called A Church That Fits Our Needs. The band's talented singer-songwriter Ari Picker recently stopped by the studios of NPR to discuss the record's inspiration.
To stream listen to this revealing interview care of NPR, just go to href="http://www.npr.org/2012/03/25/149226471/lost-in-the-trees-a-golden-memorial-of-orchestral-folk">All Things Considered.
The album, called "stunningly gorgeous" by the Los Angeles Times, is an ambitious and moving tribute to Picker's artist mother who committed suicide. Far from being a somber affair, the classically trained composer has utilized rhythm as its own emotional language, never losing the propulsive vitality of great rock and roll. In the illuminating NPR interview, Picker talks about processing his mother's death with art and the powerful songs on the group's new album.
"When you grow up with enough emotional obstacles, your body and your mind become adapted to that in some way -- you learn to deal with it efficiently," Picker says. "When I found out about [her death], my brain just went into creative mode."
Lost In The Trees just completed buzz generating performances at both South By Southwest and All Tomorrow's Parties UK. The group is currently touring North America in support of their critically heralded new record with Fleet Foxes members Christian Wargo's and Casey Wescott's project Poor Moon (Sub Pop) in tow.
Lost In The Trees Tour Dates:
03-22 The Echo Los Angeles CA SOLD OUT 03-23 Bottom of the Hill Oakland CA SOLD OUT 03-24 Arcata Playhouse Arcata CA SOLD OUT 2012-03-27 Tractor Tavern Seattle WA 2012-03-28 Neurolux Boise ID 2012-03-29 The State Room Salt Lake City UT 2012-03-30 Hi Dive Denver CO 2012-03-31 Slowdown Omaha NE 2012-04-02 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis MN 2012-04-03 Schubas Tavern Chicago IL 2012-04-04 Space Evanston IL 2012-04-05 Wexner Center Columbus OH 2012-04-06 The Drake Toronto ON 2012-04-07 Il Motore Montreal QC 2012-04-09 Burlington City Arts Center Burlington VT 2012-04-10 Space Gallery Portland ME 2012-04-11 Le Poisson Rouge New York NY 2012-04-13 Museum of Fine Arts Boston MA 2012-04-14 Black Cat Washington DC 2012-04-20 Cat's Cradle Carrboro, NC