When: Sat., Aug. 27, 10 p.m. 2011
Chapel Hill's Lost in the Trees are a band I was kind of prepared to dislike—both folk and classical have traditionally been ill-served by fusions of the two—and yet there's something about them that won me over as soon as I listened to this spring's reissue of their debut full-length, All Alone in an Empty House (Anti-). Lush but never fussy, graceful but never slick, their eloquently orchestrated melancholy is irresistible in its very intimate way. They're less a studio creation or a fake-folksy hootenanny and more a sort of acoustic American style of torch-song cabaret and private chamber group. Lost in the Trees are the sort of ensemble that might get a lot of work if we still had a tradition of staying up all night with the recently dead (and maybe letting our hair down a little as the night wears on—which is something I understand the band does live). —Monica Kendrick Thin Hymns open.