Lost in the Trees
Past Life - ANTI-
FILTER Grade: 78%
By Katrina Nattress on February 19, 2014
As if rewriting his own history book and channeling a different lifetime, Lost in the Trees’ mastermind Ari Picker decided to scrap what had made his first two albums successful while writing his third. He pared down his band from six members to four, calling on electronics and siren-like choral phrases in lieu of bombastic, orchestral arrangements. He worked with an outside producer for the first time, Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, Dirty Projectors, Animal Collective), who helped strip the music to its bare necessities. He let the music guide his lyrics instead of writing about heavily emotional/internal content. And the result is Past Life, a chilling, straightforward album that is more concerned with soulful riffs, pulsing bass lines and soaring vocal melodies than grandiose, classical-inflected anthems. With the fat trimmed, this might be the best Lost in the Trees release yet.