After releasing one of the last year's most criminally underrated and overlooked records, the melancholy and intelligent A Church That Fits Our Needs
, orchestral folk group Lost in the Trees are gearing up for their third album, Past Life
. They've now released the first single from it, "Rites," which definitely pares down the group's aesthetic to a few necessary components, leaving behind much of the knotty melodies and challenging structures of Church
. It's a good 3-minute slice of folky pop music, closing on an increasingly ominous question: "Are you sitting down?"
Past Life will see release on February 18, via ANTI-.