Last week, the Lonely Forest finally debuted a brand-new song, "Live There," which is the first Lonely Forest song released since the band signed to Chris Walla's Atlantic Records imprint Trans.
"Live There" is from an upcoming self-titled EP, which will be digitally released on September 14, and the song showcases a softer side of the band. The Lonely Forest usually boast multi- layered, grand pop anthems (see: "We Sing in Time," "God Is Dead," or "They're On to Something"), but "Live There" is a quiet, clean love letter to the Pacific Northwest—singer John Van Deu- sen declares that places like L.A. and Nashville are not for him and gently confesses, "I don't want to live there, by there, or die there/Give to me miles of tall evergreens/And the smell of the ocean and cool mountain breeze."
An easygoing, steady drumbeat keeps the pace, soft piano drifts in and out—the only sign of flair, in fact, is the quick shake of the tambourine in the beginning (nice touch, by the way). Walla's production is, as usual, spot-on, with every piece thoughtfully balancing the other. And, surprisingly, Van Deusen (who can belt a fucking note when necessary) never raises his voice. He keeps it dreamy and tender.
It's a nice surprise from the band, and it makes me even more curious to hear the rest of what they've created. With September 14 still a month away, we'll no doubt get a taste of what's to come when the Lonely Forest play the KEXP BBQ this Saturday, August 14, at the Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre. Quasi, Suckers, the Joy Formidable, Dinosaur Feathers, and Victor Shade are also on the bill, the music starts at 2:00 p.m., and it's free.
Fri Aug 13: Brite Futures, Noddy, State of the Artist at Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre, 6 pm, free.
Sat Aug 14: Dinosaur Feathers, Kids and Animals, Listening Party, Lonnie Walker at Vera Project, 7:30 pm, $6/$5 with club card.
Wed Aug 18: The Hold Steady, Jaill at Showbox at the Market, 8 pm, $22 adv/ $24 DOS.