Posted in music | pictures on August 25, 2010

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Rachel Kowal

Lost in the Tree's Ari Picker
Lost In The Trees

The stage at the Mercury Lounge may be modestly sized, but that didn't stop the venue from packing in the performers. Between the two bands that played at the early show Monday night, 13 people performed, many wielding large instruments.

First up was the folk/Americana six-piece, The Loom. Though the band hails from New York, they sound nothing like your typical Brooklyn band - and that's not a bad thing. Absent are any signs of distortion, reverb, or prefab beats. Much like the headlining act, The Loom is characterized by complementary male/female vocals, lush instrumentation, and well-placed hand claps.

With so many people in the band and such a wide array of instruments (banjo, trumpet, keyboard, French horn, ukulele), The Loom's musical interludes were a bit hectic at times, but eventually, everything would come together to create a rich tapestry of sound that showcased both the individual musicians and their project as a whole.

Soon after The Loom had concluded their set with a couple of newer songs, the members of Lost In The Trees began scrambling around on the stage and stringing around chords in preparation for their show. Then, suddenly, music began to cut through the din of the crowd. The band members onstage stood at the ready and looked into the crowd expectantly. I turned around and pinpointed the source of the music - the tuba and French horn players were working their way to the stage from the back of the room.

The band kicked off their set with the first two songs from their recently released album, All Alone in an Empty House. In contrast to The Loom's largely hopeful lyrics, Lost in the Trees specializes in creating hauntingly beautiful orchestral pieces that feature lyrics about going crazy, burying babies, making mistakes, and feeling lonely.

Considering the fact that they had driven all the way from their home of North Carolina just that morning, the seven members of Lost in the Trees had a surprising amount of energy. Thanks to the jaunty, haunted house-esque string introduction and major tonal shift, the song "Tall Trees" was particularly moving - if not a bit creepy.

"I started listening to classical music in 2005. It was an interesting experience. I started getting a feeling like I was in church or something. It was a mind-opening experience," singer/composer Ari Picker confessed by way of explaining his intense emotional investment in his band's music. Throughout the set, Picker danced on tiptoes as he played, pausing every now and then to kneel on the ground, his head bowed in concentration.

As he introduced their final song, Picker turned to the crowd. "Do you guys want to do a sing-a-long song? I'll teach it to you and you'll sing it. It will be like a Flaming Lips concert," he joked. "And we'll play it on the ground for you."

The band unplugged their instruments, hopped off the stage, and played a stirring rendition of "Time Taunts Me." From his spot in the middle of the floor, Ari lead the crowd in a beautiful sing-a-long with the ardor of a street corner evangelist desperate to save souls. I, for one, left the room a convert.

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THE LOOM - 2010 TOUR DATES
Aug 28 2010 PA's lounge w/ Jenne Halstead, Hot Cha Cha, and Reverend Somerville, MA
Sep 17 2010 The Dakota Tavern w/ Daniel, Fred, and Julie Toronto, ON
Sep 18 2010 Valentine's w/ Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned, Eureka Birds, and Mia Riddle Albany, NY

LOST IN THE TREES - 2010 TOUR DATES
Aug 26 2010 Wallace Plaza w/ The Physics of Meaning Chapel Hill, NC
Sep 11 2010 DAY-DREAM | Trekky Records Hopscotch Day Party Raleigh, NC

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Comments (43)

Someone sign The Loom pls. Get that album out.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 1:12 AM

someone did @ 1:12 AM. they played immediately after. diy or die.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 9:31 AM

insider bands.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 10:10 AM

Does not looked like a full house. how many people were at merc? looks like more band members than goers.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 10:29 AM

haha, they pretty much sold out, there were 250 people. come out of your cyber cave more often, my friend.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 10:53 AM

what a great show! place was jammed.

Posted by drakelydark | August 25, 2010 11:36 AM

One of the most satisfying shows of the summer, and I have gone to more than 25.
Another memorable night at the Merc, where magic often occurs.
Great pics.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 11:52 AM

^^over-reaching midwesterners^^

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 11:55 AM

@10:53 merc holds 250 max. litt and loom either packed it or they did not. third pic from bottom does not look like a packed room.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 12:14 PM

Looks like a tiny desk concert to me.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 12:15 PM

iznt loom the band with the mbrshp problems? diffrnt gurl singer every 6 mo. someone in that band must be hard to work with.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 12:19 PM

what is with all these butter-faces? who swoons at fat musicians?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 12:42 PM

i do!

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 12:53 PM

@12:14, dude, half of that pic is covered by a blurry tuba. Why? Because it was friggin packed in there and that was the best angle the photographer could get.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 12:57 PM

^^park slope spks^^

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 12:58 PM

not well attended

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 12:59 PM

whoa! hello white people.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 1:04 PM

yeah, we need more black hipsters...how about we recruit at the jay-z concert?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 1:08 PM

i'd take a person of any background overly earnest, boring-as-hell, painfully white parkslopers anyday.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 1:12 PM

great photos!

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 1:14 PM

I'm totally gonna hit you with my WNYC tote bag if you don't cool it with these racist comments, bro.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 1:15 PM

parkslopers are the new minority.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 1:17 PM

@1:15 the subtext to the indie frat.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 1:21 PM

1:15 didnt i see u at traderjoes gettin yer fare trade beanz? gonna hit me with that bag, sufyawn?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 1:30 PM

meh to this thread meh to these bands and meh to all this over-inflated self-importance. there are better bands and worse bands but meh meh meh. too much drama for such forgettable acts. MEH. MEHMEH.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 1:40 PM

Really lovely night, beautiful music. Thanks for the photos.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 1:43 PM

hummus

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 1:49 PM

Do black people eat hummus?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 1:50 PM

prbly the only way that they can get into the merc these days. i'm ptty sure les and n.brkln are on their ways to passing arizona laws for blacks. these bands will play when those laws are passed. like ol timey!

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 2:01 PM

1:50 I don't know but these bands need to lay off the canihazcheezbrgr b4 they start looking like win, boniver, and james mercer. hold the meh-o dudes! run some lapz!

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 2:10 PM

Geez, some grumpy people in here. You don't like the music? Don't listen to it. There, no drama, problem solved. You hate fat people? Sucks to be you, that kind of thinking will get you into trouble some day. You think folk bands perpetuate institutional racism? Huh, I don't know what to say about that one. Start your own conspiracy blog maybe? You can take some of these BV commenters with you.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 2:24 PM

dont know much about bv, do you 2:24?

Posted by in bloom | August 25, 2010 2:32 PM

Really beautiful photos. Thanks.

Posted by Nancy | August 25, 2010 2:34 PM

vivian girls.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 2:43 PM

meh to this thread meh to these bands and meh to all this over-inflated self-importance. there are better bands and worse bands but meh meh meh. too much drama for such forgettable acts. MEH. MEHMEH.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 9:42 PM

and meh to humehs while you're at it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 9:57 PM

we here in the bv comments like our hummus flavored with bitterness and self-loathing: two great tastes that taste great together!

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 10:05 PM

I like it when the slightly bitter flavor of the garbanzos mixes with "hot" garlic and the rich olive oil.

Posted by http://www.sabra.com/ | August 25, 2010 10:54 PM

^Yeah, you like the taste of garbanzo, hot garlic and olive oil when another dude comes in your mouth.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010 11:11 PM

So many of the comments in this thread are pathetically annoying.

On the bright side; Lost in the Trees is awesome, and I can't wait to see them again!

Posted by Alec | August 26, 2010 12:36 AM

Lost in the Trees is pathetically annoying.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 12:46 AM

Ohhhhh accusations on self loathing, bitterness, latent homo, and and an examination of institutional racism. The Lame.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2010 8:02 AM

According to my own analysis, billions of people all over the world get the home loans from good creditors. Hence, there is good chances to get a credit loan in all countries.

Posted by FloraBaird | December 28, 2011 4:18 AM

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