Lost In The Trees Announce 2014 Tour Dates

Widely acclaimed Chapel Hill band Lost In The Trees have just announced a series of North American live dates in the following months. The band will be playing in support of their new album Past Life which arrives in stores on February 18 2014. The record is the anticipated follow up to the band’s critically heralded album A Church That Fits Our Needs which Esquire called, “…a luxuriantly orchestrated remembrance that ping-pongs between introspection and celebration…” and the Los Angeles Times proclaimed “…stunningly gorgeous.”

When Lost In The Trees set out to record Past Life, they knew they needed a break from the past. On previous releases the band’s singer-songwriter Ari Picker utilised an expanded six-member band to render his classical-inflected songs. For the new album, the band was pared to a lean electronic-rock four-piece. The sound of Past Life evidences more than a band pared down; the arrangements are modern, spare, minimal, emphasising groove and rhythm.

For their latest, the band has also elected to work with an outside producer for the first time. Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, Dirty Projectors, Atlas Sound) helped to refine the band’s new minimal aesthetic. The question while making Past Life became, “How much can we strip away?” With an approach that forefronts beats and bass-lines, Vernhes and the band lifted away the orchestral density of previous albums – leaving a more direct framework of soul-inflected guitar lines, throbbing groove and Picker’s soaring vocal hooks. There is a pop quality, buried but always present in previous efforts, that shines on Past Life; not pop in any trivial, retro sense but the yearning lilt of a Harry Nilsson or Mark Hollis, that floating melodicism that Relix found so “…achingly beautiful.”

You can catch Lost In The Trees live on the following dates:
13 Dec Asheville, NC – The Mothlight
17 Feb Washington DC – Rock and Roll Hotel *
18 Feb Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brendas *
19 Feb New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom *
21 Feb Boston, MA – Museum of Fine Arts *
22 Feb Montreal, QC – Il Motore *
23 Feb Toronto, ON – The Garrison *
25 Feb Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe *
26 Feb Charlottesville, VA – The Southern *
27 Feb Charlotte, NC – Snug Harbor *
28 Feb Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle *
18 March San Diego, CA – Casbah
20 March Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
21 March Visalia, CA – The Cellar Door
22 March San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
25 March Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
26 March Seattle, WA – Crocodile
27 March Vancouver, BC – Media Club
29 March Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
30 March Denver, CO – Hi Dive

* with All Tiny Creatures

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