Although Lost In The Trees’ latest release, A Church That Fits Our Needs is very neutral sounding, it doesn’t lack emotive lyrics. It’s hard to deal with the death of a loved one but Ari Picker and the rest of Lost In The Trees truly took advantage of the creative juices that seemed to steam from the ordeal providing touching tracks. A short instrumental, “I” starts off the release with dramatic keys only to be followed by the folky “Neither Here Nor There.” The strongest track on the disc comes in sooner than expected. The gorgeous orchestral tones matched with Picker’s soft voice truly make this song top notch.

“Tall Ceilings” has more uplifting strings and percussion, which is a nice change of pace. As much as the very dim church sounds complement the vocal tones on the release, it begins to get a bit too much and A Church That Fits Our Needs does get to be too much of a downer. The sound of someone walking on grass is stuck in as a separator on the disc. Picker pays homage to his mother in such a beautiful way throughout the album but “This Dead Bird Is Beautiful” takes the silver medal on the album.

If you’re looking for an album to dance around to or pump you up before a game/gig/event of some sort, A Church That Fits Our Needs isn’t for you. However, if folky, gypsy indie rock is more of your thing, by all means pop Lost In Trees’ collection of angelic melodies and well-written lyrics in and let it take you away.

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