Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Bands I Love: The Lonely Forest

The Lonely Forest have my heart, and there are no signs that they're letting it go anytime soon. I've been infatuated with them since we got in one of their demos a couple of Summers ago. Fast forward two years and they're signed to Chris Walla from Death Cab for Cutie's ILG imprint label, Trans, and have released one of my favorite records of this year, Arrows. If you haven't heard it yet, please please please go out and buy it. I can give you a 100% satisfaction guarantee. I don't know what that actually means, but they say it at like Best Buy and stuff. So there you go.

The Lonely Forest are very reminiscent of Death Cab for Cutie in the The Photo Album and Transatlanticism days. It's DCfC influenced, but not derivative. The main outstanding difference between the two is John Van Deusen, the lead singer's voice. His voice is so distinctive and powerful, he even screams on a couple songs. But there are also moments of deep sadness on the record. It's perfect to put on and wallow in sadness... Not that I do that or anything. Arrows is the kind of record that I know I'll still listen to when I'm 50-years-old. It's been a defining record of the past year of my life.

When people ask me why I left New York, I struggle to answer. It's too complicated to explain with words, especially if you don't know me very well. What I wish I could do is have them listen to "I Don't Want to Live There" by The Lonely Forest. If you switch all the lyrics about the ocean and mountains with lyrics about flatlands and cornfields. You kind of get the gist.

Then check out their music video for "Turn Off This Song and Go Outside." I'm obsessed with how much these guys love their hometown, where the video was shot. Anacortes, Washington- a small town on an island off the coast, near Seattle. It's so adorable. I can definitely identify with that.



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