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All Alone In An Empty House

Lost In The Trees

All Alone In An Empty House

LabelAnti
VertriebIndigo
VÖ-Datum13.8.2010

Mutig. Den längsten Song eines Albums an den Anfang zu stellen, setzt ein gesundes Selbstvertrauen voraus. Und Zuversicht in das eigene Songmaterial. Nach den sechs Minuten von All Alone In An Empty House vom gleichnamigen Album sollte der Hörer ebenso überzeugt sein wie Ari Picker, Mastermind hinter Lost In The Trees. Die Symbiose aus Folk-Pop und klassischer Musik funktioniert und behält trotz durchgeplanter Kompositionen ihr Herz.

Ari Picker aus North Carolina lässt Zufällen nicht gerne Spielraum. Deshalb rekrutiert er auch Bandmitglieder am liebsten von hoch angesehenen Musikschulen. Gut ausgebildete Musiker bedarf es auch, gerade um die klassischen Arrangements adäquat umsetzen zu können. Der Opener zeigt, wie es gehen kann. Man hört die Platte auf dem Teller drehen, die folkigen Klänge sind tief verwurzelt, das Orchester im Hintergrund hält sich zunächst zurück, um später sanft die Kontrolle zu übernehmen. Dabei zeichnet der Orchestereinsatz bei Lost In The Trees keinen Avantgarde-Anspruch aus, wie es z.B. bei Owen Pallett der Fall ist. Auch das Orchester ist auf All Alone In An Empty House Pop, wie bei einem guten Filmsoundtrack, der sich ebenso im Kopf festsetzt. Dass die Musik nicht abhebt liegt an Ari Pickers empfindsamer Stimme und den Gitarren. Sie entschärfen das Pompöse, die Dramatik, das die Klassik in einem Song wie Walk Around The Lake herauf beschwört. Zudem verlässt Picker sich nicht zu sehr auf den dramatischen Orchester-Effekt, sondern gibt seinen Songs gutes Songwriting mit auf dem Weg und ist nicht zu versessen darauf, unbedingt jeden Song im Stakkato enden zu lassen. Song For The Painter erinnert an frühe Bright Eyes, das beschwingte Fireplace an Arcade Fire, Love On My Side und Wooden Walls Of This Forest Church bleiben reduziert auf Gitarre und einige wenige Zwischentöne. Deshalb wirken die gefühlvollen orchestralen Zwischenspiele Mvt I Sketch und dessen Fortsetzung nicht deplatziert, sondern sorgen für Abwechslung und Überleitungen. Beide Stücke sind trotzdem eine Ausnahme, da das Orchester hier weit von Pop entfernt ist, sondern tatsächlich Klassik-Arrangements vorgetragen werden.

Die Balance stimmt bei Lost In The Trees. Das Album wächst, zeigt bei jedem Durchgang andere Gesichter. Außerdem gelingt Ari Picker so Klassik sinnig in den Pop zu überführen, ohne dass es peinlich wird, langweilt, oder aufgesetzt wirkt. So gesehen erfüllt All Alone In An Empty House sogar einen Bildungsauftrag. Alternativ lässt man sich einfach in wunderschöne Musik fallen. Ist auch gut.

 

Tracklist:
  1. All Alone In An Empty House
  2. Walk Around The Lake
  3. Mvt I Sketch
  4. Song For The Painter
  5. Fireplace
  6. Love On My Side
  7. Wodden Walls Of This Forest Church
  8. A Room Where Your Paintings Hang
  9. We Burn The Leaves
  10. Mvt II Sketch
  11. For Leah & Chloe
Highlights:

Walk Around The Lake, Song For The Painter, Mvt II Sketch

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