Here's one you may not have heard of. In 2006, Ari Picker was in an indie folk/rock band in North Carolina called The Never. He left the band to attend Berklee School of Music, and learned orchestra/film scoring. Using that knowledge, he started the band Lost In The Trees, which I usually describe as a heavily-orchestrated folk band (actually, I wouldn't call it a band... they're really more a throng).
Their 2007 record Time Taunts Me is brilliant, but All Alone in an Empty House takes his fine mashup of folk and classical and adds an extra dash of focus. The result is phenomenal.
There is something really interesting about the juxtaposition of detailed, highly organized orchestra scores, and his somewhat frail, and sometimes almost chaotic, vocal style. It can safely be stated that there is nothing else that is anything like this. Picker has a truly novel idea here, a talented group of musicians surrounding him, and the talent to put it all together; this is one of the most exciting new musical projects I've heard in some time. Let's hope they can garner enough support to keep it going for some time.
- Song for the Painter
- A Room where your Paintings Hang