In anticipation for their upcoming album, a review of the EP from the first signees to Chris Walla’s (of Death Cab) new Atlantic Records imprint, Trans. Buy it at http://www.thelonelyforest.com/.
The Lonely Forest’s preview EP, released September 14th of this year, is an REM-inspired collection of rock ballads in a vein similar to mentors Death Cab for Cutie. While the similarities are obvious, the distinctions make The Lonely Forest uniquely enjoyable. From an opener that insists you “turn off this song,” the lively mood of the EP is set. I can’t turn it off. This is by far my favorite song on the EP, and lucky for me, they just released their very first video, and it’s for “Turn Off This Song and Go Outside”. You can check it out over at MTVmusic.com.After a short, slower interlude song, their usual enthusiasm is back with “Live There”, the first single released from the group after they signed with Trans. Definitely a good piece, but I’ll let you check it out yourself with a free download here.
Finally, before the EP closes with an acoustic version of “Turn Off This Song”, we get one last treat from the Anacortes, WA natives.
Seriously, check it out. And keep an eye out for the upcoming album, Arrows, next spring sometime. In the meantime they may be coming to your town; they’re out on tour with Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin through the beginning of December.