"A stirring blend of modest rusticity and urbane ambition."
-The New York Times
"It's the sound of a band taking tragedy and coming to terms with it, finding beauty in a life too short and weaving bittersweet melody out of melancholy."
-Bob Boilen, NPR Music
"A loving and lively wake without neglecting either the precariousness of life or the horrors of death."
"Ari Picker is nothing short of an emotional alchemist, turning the pain around his motherís death into a gloriousóand surprisingly upliftingóset of songs."
-Under The Radar
A Church That Fits Our Needs, is a work of vaulting ambition, a cathedral built on loss and transformation.
In the summer of 2009 Ari Picker lost his mother, an artist in her own right, when she took her own life. Picker set about transforming the events into a musical tribute, composing and writing with his motherís picture above his desk: the same picture that now graces the albumís cover. ďI wanted to give her a space, in the music, to be, and to become all the things she didnít get a chance to be when she was alive,Ē Picker says.
As on All Alone In An Empty House, Picker has once again surrounded himself with musicians who bring his vision to life with verve and sensitivity. A special contribution comes in the vocals of Emma Nadeau, whose soaring wordless melodies counter Pickerís ecstatic vocals throughout. Recorded and produced by Picker in North Carolina, the album was mixed by the legendary Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Beck), bringing out the lush tones of the orchestrations in their full grandeur.
Lost in the Trees - Time Taunts Me LP+CD+MP3
Lost in the Trees - A Church That Fits Our Needs CD
1. Moment One
2. Neither Here Nor There
4. Golden Eyelids
5. Icy River
6. Tall Ceilings
1. Moment Two
2. This Dead Bird Is Beautiful
4. Villain (Iíll Stick Around)
5. An Artistís Song