“Until You Die” by Lost Lander // B-Side from DRRT Sessions(2012)
Last year, Lost Lander released one of my favorite songs of the year with “Cold Feet”. The full length that followed was a great collection of lush, atmospheric indie rock that didn’t get anywhere near the respect that it deserves. Recently the Portland group debuted an unreleased track from those sessions through Filter Magazine, the ghostly folk ballad with a sentiment so intense (“I’ll love you till you die”) that it might come off creepy in the wrong hands, but not here. It’s a haunting beauty that further reinforces just how good Lost Lander is at creating great rock records with a special something extra. This song is highly recommended for fans of Menomena, Lord Huron, and The Antlers.
Lost Lander has only dropped two tracks so far, but each one has a great sound. The first, “Cold Feet”, has a great indie rock throwback sound to some of the great northwestern bands of the past fifteen or so years. This new track, “Afraid of Summer”, has more of eclectic sound, like a more experimental Fleet Foxes. The same big melodies are there, but this time the tone is more somber, and the shimmering orchestrations shift and morph into something almost resembling a gypsy dance beat about midway through. It’s a really cool song and further intrigues me for what the forthcoming full length might hold.
“Cold Feet” by Lost Lander // from the forthcoming album, Drrt
There’s something immediately likable about this track. I think it might be that melody which is immediately memorable, or it could be that twinkling synth line that comes through, or it could be any number of things. It’s just a great, immediately loveable indie rock track that gets buried in your brain with ease and has no need to vacate anytime soon. You can get the track for free from the band at their site. Press play and get invested. These guys might be around for a while.