Lost in the Trees, Poor Moon
April 13, 2012
Join Lost in the Trees for a performance featuring music off their new album - an album Picker set out to make, a celebration of the woman he calls a "warrior," and a testament to the power of music to heal and transcend.
* While this might sound on paper like a somber affair, A Church That Fits Our Needs is anything but. Picker, a classically trained composer, has Shostakovich and Stravinsky at his fingertips, but the music on this album speaks just as much to his love of Phil Spector and old film scores.
* The swooping strings on "Golden Eyelids" could come straight out of an old Drifters hit, while the orchestral breakdowns in the midst of "Red" recall the haunting soundtracks Bernard Hermann composed for Alfred Hitchcock.
* Like Hermann (and Stravinsky before him), Picker uses rhythm as its own emotional language, the driving polyrhythms and odd time signatures meshing perfectly with his words, while never losing the propulsive inevitability of great rock and roll. Above all this is pop music, in the way that "A Day In the Life" or Radiohead's "No Surprises" are pop music, seeking to present complex ideas to the widest possible audience.
* As on the band's debut, Picker surrounds himself with musicians who bring his vision to life with verve and sensitivity. A special contribution comes in the vocals of Emma Nadeau, whose soaring wordless melodies counter Picker's ecstatic vocals throughout. Recorded and produced by Picker in North Carolina, the album was mixed by the legendary Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Beck), bringing out the lush tones of the orchestrations in their full grandeur.
Opening the evening will be Poor Moon.
* Poor Moon is Christian Wargo (Fleet Foxes, Crystal Skulls) Casey Wescott (Fleet Foxes) and brothers Ian and Peter Murray (The Christmas Cards).
* The band, named for frontman and primary songwriter Christian Wargo's favorite Canned Heat song, began four years ago as a long distance project with demos being created and sent back and forth while Wargo and Wescott were touring in support of the Fleet Foxes 2008 self-titled debut and Ian and Peter living in the Bay area.
* Their first shows were at intimate Seattle house parties where they used playful throwaway monikers like Rabbit Kingdom and Cookie Mask.
* It wasn't until the band opened up for Daekon at Seattle's Neumos (under the name Peppermint Majesty) that things began to really take form. Recording began and the four longtime friends became a band and Sub Pop didn't hesitate to pursue them with unabashed enthusiasm. And it worked.