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Lost in the Trees' All Alone in an Empty House begins with a grim tale of fighting parents, dying infants, isolation, depression and abuse. Its opener, the title track, starts with a delicately fingerpicked acoustic guitar line over the sound of creaking floors but, verse by verse, it builds, adding strings, horns and backing vocals as frontman/composer Ari Picker's voice gets stronger and more intense. When the storm dies down, Picker sings softly, "I know no one is perfect/ We've got a hole in our heart/ No one is perfect." It's a powerful beginning, and while Picker's story — much of which is true — doesn't end in complete resolution, Empty House proves to be more about hope than pain.
In "Walk Around The Lake," Picker professes, "Late at night I'll stay up and write a book about my life/ So no one would ever make all of my mistakes." The song incorporates a dramatic and spooky string waltz, acoustic fingerpicking and soaring violin lines, and then a powerful blues guitar line cuts in to create one of the record's most exhilarating moments.
The musical and emotional turning point comes in "Fireplace," wherein everyone shouts together, "And with a burned soul/ Healing… read more »