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  • Audio CD (March 20, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ANTI Records
  • ASIN: B006YTLOUG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,971 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2nd album by celebrated North Carolina collective Lost In The Trees. The extraordinary record, entitled A Church That Fits Our Needs, is a work of vaulting ambition, a cathedral built on loss and transformation. While this might sound like a somber affair, A Church That Fits Our Needs is anything but.

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They are unbelievably talented and make genre-less music that's unmistakable.
Michael B.
This is music that is meant to be LISTENED to, immersing yourself in the story of a mother's illness, her eventual death, and her son's pain in dealing with it.
PeteFromPA
The orchestration is brilliant, incorporating most strings, quasi-operatic vocals, acoustic piano, and acoustic guitar.
Michael Brent Faulkner, Jr.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Rudolph Klapper on April 3, 2012
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Frontman and main creative force Ari Picker wrote this after his cancer-stricken mother killed herself shortly after his wedding in 2009, and, yes, A Church That Fits Our Needs is a hard listen. But it's a triumphant one, celebrating the muse on the cover as often as it mourns her passing. Picker has stated that he wanted to provide his mother, an artist, "a space, in the music, to be, and to become all the things she didn't get a chance to be when she was alive." It's less a funeral march than a memorial, finally arriving at the lush intersection of folk, pop and classical music that Picker has been threatening to master for years. Stuck in a sort of creative stasis with the release and re-release of his debut EP and LP over the past few years, perhaps it was this life changing event that was what Picker really needed to discover himself as his own artist. A Church That Fits Our Needs realizes all the potential that All Alone In An Empty House promised, and Picker, a Berklee College of Music graduate whose has written first orchestral work was for the North Carolina Symphony, melds all the various threads of his influences into a cohesive, heartbreaking whole.

There's shades of the loss that permeated Arcade Fire's Funeral here, a tinge of Radiohead's chilly baroque arrangements, and the kind of orchestral finessing that Jonsi could appreciate; there's also a heavy Stravinsky influence and the sweeping cinematic quality of film scorers like Nino Rota. In Picker's arrangements, though, there's a distinctly American quality - the sound of rushing rivers, the hushed crack of leaves in a wintry forest.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By audiophiler on March 20, 2012
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I have spent countless hours perusing Amazon over the past decade for good music... one of my favorite hobbies. This is is the first review I have ever written and it is to express my shear joy in getting to experience Lost in the Trees. I heard them for the first time a year or two ago around the release of their album, All Alone in an Empty House, and they quickly became one of my favorite bands. All Alone in an Empty House and Time Taunts Me are both unique and wonderfully intricate musically and lyrically. Ari Picker, who I consider to be a musical genius, does an amazing job of composing and arranging the songs to create an album that is nothing short of an enveloping experience. I must admit that I get worried with the release of new albums from bands I love but A Church That Fits Our Needs has delivered a new collection of songs that has once again blown me away. I am currently on my third play of the day and it has only grown better with each listen. So in short, if you are a fan of Lost in the Trees, Typhoon, great multi-layered music, or just looking for something completely unique, check these guys out.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brent Faulkner, Jr. VINE VOICE on May 26, 2012
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Indie outfit Lost in the Trees release a surprising, awe-inspiring third effort in 2012's A Church That Fits Our Needs. The backstory of A Church That Fits Our Needs alongside the credentials of frontman Ari Picker (vocals/guitars/composition) truly drew me to this effort. This conceptual effort serves as a memorial to Picker's late mother, an artist who committed suicide and who graces the cover. While the theme is dark and the title odd, there's an inescapable magic one feels listening to this effort. A Church that Fits Our Needs is instantly a brighter spot in any music collection.

"Moment One," a :48 interlude and intro, sets the tone for the effort, containing sparse piano clusters. Picker, who composes these fine, non-conventional songs uses space quite effectively to convey mysteriousness. Towards the end of the cut, sound effects lead into the first proper cut, the brilliant "Neither Here Nor There." The arrangement is very clean and spacious with a sound combination of bass, drums, and acoustic guitar. Picker's lead vocals are characterized by upper register and falsetto. Sometimes this slightly obscures the lyrics, but you get the sense that is the mysterious effect he is aiming for. The rhythmic devices help to truly propel "Neither Here Or There," particularly given its constant syncopation and use of hemiola (for classical folks). The lyrics are quite solemn: "Oh look in the golden light/after the sun burns out/loneliness you're haunting me...we're neither here nor there." Add in the use of timbre changes and "Neither Here Nor There" is heavy, yet perfect.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PeteFromPA on June 4, 2012
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I will admit, I had never even heard of Lost In The Trees before. But one day, while looking through the free MP3 downloads here, I came across the song Golden Eyelids from this album. Since it was free, I downloaded it and gave it a listen. I was stunned, and that is a rare thing for me these days. It was beautiful, lyrical, and obviously written by someone who understands music. The pathos in the lead singer's voice felt so sincere. Who IS this band, I thought. After listening to the samples of the rest of the songs, and reading up on the inspiration behind the music, I took a chance and bought the whole thing. Quite simply, this record is a masterpiece.

A word of warning though: this album is not for casual listening while at a party. This is music that is meant to be LISTENED to, immersing yourself in the story of a mother's illness, her eventual death, and her son's pain in dealing with it. While it sounds like it may be a grim album, it raises itself up through the beauty of Ari Picker's arrangements, through strings, percussion, and voice, giving one a feeling of peace at the end of the journey. Each successive listening gives it more power.

I would like to thank Amazon for listing the song Golden Eyelids as a free download. If not for that, I may never have given this band a chance. I would certainly have missed out.
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