Once a solo project for Ari Picker, Lost in the Trees, has evolved into a full blown orchestra. After he became a classically trained musician at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Ari gathered up a handful or two of talented musicians in North Carolina to help him create the All Alone in an Empty House album that was released in 2008. He still remains the key composer/songwriter of the band’s theatrical classical and modern day American folk masterpiece. Lucky for us, this perfect array of genres has resulted in the dramatic, yet comforting sound that soothes the soul.
Since signing with Anti-Records in February, All Alone in an Empty House has been re-recorded and remixed to make it even more personally perfect than before. The tweaked version was just released in August and “Fireplace” stood out like a sore thumb to me.
So I take true love and I cut it up with scissors.
And I’ll throw it in the fireplace.
We can burn it out forever
Why is life so hard?
And I’ll cut it up with scissors
And I’ll throw it in the fireplace
We can disappear together
This song showcases the range in Ari’s voice as he softly sings the beginning of a verse and then abruptly belts out a follow-up line with graceful strength. His heart wrenching delivery hints that his inspiration comes from a deeply confusing and dark place – but the instrumental drama that loiters behind his vocals softens the lyrics up a bit while still adding to his sincere self-exposure. “Fireplace” is a memorable track that seems to get better every time I listen to it. So I’ll keep listening.