Release date: 15 October 2013
Adding Up the Wasted Hours is the fourth album from the Anacortes, Washington four-piece The Lonely Forest. They play late-90s indie rock that’s fast but not furious. John Van Deusen nasally sings in the standard off-key indie vibe. Each sound has a soundtrack-esque quality expounded by background electronics that don’t upstage the rock arrangement. The Lonely Forest’s crashing guitars aren’t afraid to get hard, which is a nice respite from the “hey look how quiet we play because we have feelings” in Noughties indie rock. Adding Up the Wasted Hours shows that you don’t have to be quiet about feelings, and neither should you feel like you have to validate them for anyone to like you better. There’s the usual spiel on break-ups, setting the world on fire, and trying to be happy even when it’s hard. But The Lonely Forest doesn’t force the happy feelings; they just play until the good times come on their own. That’s nice. The song titles are heavily influenced by their hometown in the Pacific Cascades. This is adventure road trip music.
Great for Caffeine. Out on Chop Shop Records.
All clean! Cuts are in bold.
1. Pull the Pin and Forget – (3:24)
2. Lovric’s – (3:16)
3. Fire-Breather – (3:27)
4. Left Hand Man – (4:12)
5. Neon Never Change – (4:02)
6. Last Time (I Said Your Name) – (3:45)
7. Adding Up the Wasted Hours – (3:51)
8. Sounding in Fathoms – (3:15)
9. Lavender Dress – (0:43)
10. Warm/Happy – (3:57)
11. Stars Like Dust – (8:33)
RIYL: Death Cab for Cutie, The Helio Sequence, The Walkmen