Lost In The Trees – All Alone In An Empty House
Lost In The Trees is the moniker of Ari Parker, a Berklee College of Music graduate who dabbles in an assortment of musical projects. All Alone In An Empty House was actually released as an EP in 2008 but was re-released in 2010 with new songs padding it out to a full-length album, essentially making this, for all intents and purposes, its de facto release. As it happens, All Alone is a collection of folk and classical-tinged pop songs that strongly recall the work of everyone from Owen Pallett and Joanna Newsom to Bright Eyes (even Parker’s voice evokes Conor Oberst’s occasionally). But even if much of this album doesn’t make great claims to originality, it is still altogether enjoyable. Opener “All Alone In An Empty House” cycles between swirling orchestration and hushed, hand-plucked guitars; “Song For The Painter” and “For Leah And Chloe” are charming folk-pop; and “A Room Where You Paintings Hang” is a jaunty acoustic jam. Yet when Parker, being that classically trained musician that he is, intertwines orchestrated sections with his songs, he really distinguishes himself from his contemporaries. He even leaves two instrumental interludes (“Mvt. I Sketch,” “Mvt. II Sketch”) to flex his composing muscles. This isn’t groundbreaking stuff, no, but it is a set of pretty, melodic songs, made better with compelling classical arrangements, and fans of any of the above mentioned artists should find something on here to enjoy.