Indie Bands You Should Know: The Lonely Forest

First off, I’d like to apologize, because I haven’t posted in forever, and I’m promising now to get back into the swing of things. That being said, I’m going to do you all a favor today. I’m going to introduce you to one of the most promising indie bands I’ve ever heard: The Lonely Forest.

My best friend sent me this album about a month ago. Having just gotten into old Modest Mouse (whom I’d love to do a massive write up on one of the days), I’d immersed myself in their catalog from the 90s and I shelved Arrows, the debut album by The Lonely Forest. Well after listening to “Bankrupt On Selling” for the umpteenth time, I decided maybe a change was in order. So I opened my iTunes and fired up Arrows, which has now become one of my all-time favorite albums in only a few listens.

The Lonely Forest has almost perfected the indie rock shtick. They have versatility. They mix haunting acoustic numbers with faster-paced, upbeat rock songs. Their lyrics are musings on life and love, and their album flows as a unit, transcending each individual song on it to become something greater. I haven’t been this hard-pressed to pick a favorite song off an album since hearing Brand New’s Deja Entendu.

I did manage to narrow it down to a few favorites, and they’re posted below. But I strongly encourage anybody who finds this post to purchase the whole album on iTunes. Trust me, these guys are worth your time.

We Sing In Time

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Two Notes and a Beat

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Tunnels

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Jason Sloan

I was brought up on a crazy combination of the Spice Girls and Bruce Springsteen... 17 years later, I've shed my Spice Girls roots and grown to love pretty much everything musical under the sun. I got into punk rock when I was 9 and my mom watched Green Day perform "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" on the Grammy's. When I was 12 my mom bought me a book called "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die," and as she puts it, "the monster was born." I got into rap in middle school hearing Eminem's "Lose Yourself," and I got into EDM this year when I head the Albin Myers remix of Avicii's "Fade Into Darkness." I try and go to concerts when I have sufficient time and funds, some of my favorites having been Rise Against and Springsteen (who I've seen three times each). Hope you all enjoy my music as much as I do. 

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