Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Lost In The Trees

After fronting The b-Sides and The Never for years, Ari Picker is finally ready to reveal his solo work to the masses, under the moniker Lost in the Trees. A compilation of songs written over the last 7 years, the Lost in the Trees repertoire represents some of Picker’s most haunting and personal songwriting to date, coupled with his most elaborate and engaging orchestral arrangements. Picker’s time at Berklee College of Music in Boston has allowed his flair for classical music to flourish into an integrated aspect of his songwriting. The network of enthusiastic musicians at Berklee also allowed Picker to form a 9-piece backing orchestra for his compositions, evolving Lost in the Trees from a solo project to a fully active mini-orchestra including violins, viola, cello, upright bass, trombone, melodica and banjo. Picker’s love of cinematic scores is apparent on Time Taunts Me, but many of the songs are still based in good old fashioned songwriting. The synthesis of movie music and guitar-based folk songs creates an atmosphere in which Picker can be dramatic but not histrionic and straightforward but not boring. Just listen and you’ll see.

Lost In The Trees - Tall Trees
Lost In The Trees @ MySpace

The Libertines - Up The Bracket + The Libertines !!!
The White Stripes - Elephant
The Living Things - Ahead Of The Lions
David Bowie - Reality
+ Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Scorpions
Eliott Smith - From A Basement On The Hill
Built To Spill - You In Reverse
Art Brut - Bang Bang Rock'n'Roll
Ben Folds - Albums
Brian Wilson - Smile + Over my Head
+ Dan Gibson, Built To Spill, etc.
Manic Street Preachers - Greatest Hits
Radiohead - Kid A
Staind - 14 Shades Of Grey
+ The Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, The Roots, The Darkness, RHCP, Nine Inch Nails, etc.
VA - Beatles Regrooved
Alternative Albums
The Distillers - S/T + Coral Fang + Sing Sing Death House
The Strokes - Is This It + Room On Fire
Jay-Z - Kingdom Come
Nas - Hip-Hop Is Dead
+ HIM, The Bronx, Thom Yorke, Bill Hicks
KT Tunstall - Eye To The Telescope
Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I'm, That's What I'm Not
+ Rollingstones, Billy Idol, Jefferson Airplane, System Of A Down, etc.



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