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 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