Well, Indian summer is gone and here comes the cold. You didn’t seriously think it could last forever did you? Hopefully you have your frigid gear ready to go. I’m not one of those people that experiences cold depression at the outset of winter, but I’m also not one of those people who enthusiastically welcomes it either. Usually at this time of year I find some sort of soundtrack to navigate my way through the rapid changes going on outside, and usually that involves an old Smashing Pumpkins album or something similar. This season though I have something new.
I’ve been cooped up a lot recently, and unlike others who may feel like tearing confining walls down, I instead get driven toward introspection and self-inflicted seclusion. It’s just not the best time for rock ‘n roll. A couple months ago I received an album from a local Minnesota alt-folk band named Lost Shepherds. Through no force outside of my own somber preference (and perhaps a small bit of laziness) this album has maintained a long tenure in the CD player.
You heard me right – CD player. Indeed, some of us still use them!
“Unwanted” – Lost Shepherds
When the leaves were green I liked Lost Shepherds’ self-titled record, and as the leaves turned brown I loved it. Sometimes we take to records for a singular purpose. Some music is party music, other music is driving music. Still other music is used as background filler, while others yet capture an instantaneous memory of the first time heard. Lost Shepherds’ music has been transitional music this season. While everything outside changes their record stays constant beginning to end. It’s relaxing, comforting, and holds an elegance that not too many records that cross my desk can translate. Each song is unique and finely crafted, but all seem at their best when listened to one after the other in the order their makers intended them to be received in.
So if the onslaught of winter has you at the shakes, then pick up a copy of Lost Shepherds, curl up in a blanket, and cut out the worrying! After all, you’re a Minnesotan, right? You have the constitution to make it to next summer, and you have Lost Shepherds.
Lost Shepherds’ next show will be at the Kitty Cat Klub on Saturday, October 23 at 9:00PM.
“Calling from the Valley” – Lost Shepherds
Lost Shepherds – Myspace / Facebook / Bandcamp / iTunes
posted October 18th, 2010 at 5:21 pm
MN Rock, Reviews