Today, March 12th, NPR's First Listen Series will premiere the highly anticipated new LOST IN THE TREES album A Church That Fits Our Needs. The album will be in stores March 20th via Anti- Records.
This is the follow up to the North Carolina ensembles 2010 album All Alone In An Empty House which the Huffington Post called "spellbinding in its musical ambition, touching in its intimacy, and often overwhelming in its emotional honesty" and The LA Times described as "a collection of classically enhanced pop that's as fit for a chamber hall as it is a rock club."
The band's newest, A Church That Fits Our Needs, declared a "breakthrough album" by Billboard Magazine, is an ambitious work inspired by loss and transformation. In the summer of 2009, the group's writer, composer and singer, Ari Picker, lost his artist mother when she took her own life. Picker has transformed the event into an evocative and moving musical celebration. 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.
To stream this exhilarating new record in its entirety, just go to NPR First Listen.
LOST IN THE TREES kicked off their international touring with a performance at the Jeff Mangum curated All Tomorrow's Parties UK on March 11th, followed by their March 12th NPR First Listen honorary celebration tonight in London, a run of high-profile shows at South By Southwest this week in Austin, Texas and then a full North American tour with Fleet Foxes members Christian Wargo's and Casey Wescott's project Poor Moon (Sub Pop) in tow.
Lost In The Trees / SXSW 2012
WED 3/14 7:00am KUT LIVE / Four Seasons 98 San Jacinto
THURS 3/15 2:10pm ADA/WMG Day Party / La Zona Rosa 612 W 4th
8:30pm Ari Picker w/Big Star's Third "LIVE" / Paramount Theater 713 Congress
FRI 3/16 12:30pm Under The Radar / Flamingo Cantina 515 E 6th
3:30pm PlayNetwork Day Party / Speakeasy 412D Congress
1:00am Billions Corp SXSW Showcase / Antone's 213 West 5th
A Church That Fits Our Needs North American Tour Dates (with Poor Moon):
03-12 The Lexington, London UK
03-16 Antone's (SXSW) Austin, TX
03-20 The Loft San Diego CA
03-22 The Echo Los Angeles CA
03-23 Bottom of the Hill Oakland CA
03-24 Arcata Playhouse Arcata CA
03-25 Doug Fir Lounge Portland OR
03-27 Tractor Tavern Seattle WA
03-28 Neurolux Boise ID
03-29 The State Room Salt Lake City UT
03-30 Hi Dive Denver CO
03-31 Slowdown Omaha NE
04-02 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis MN
04-03 Schubas Tavern Chicago IL
04-04 Space Evanston IL
04-05 Wexner Center Columbus OH
04-09 Burlington City Arts Center Burlington VT
04-10 Space Gallery Portland ME
04-11 Le Poisson Rouge New York NY
04-13 Museum of Fine Arts Boston MA
04-14 Black Cat Washington DC
04-20 Cats Cradle Carrboro, NC