Another One Lost is a 13-track homage to the darker areas of human existence, though the music is not presented in a redundant heavy or even Gothic way, but more similarly to that of bombastic British rave-rockers Add N to (X) and the kind of progressive introspection that groups such as Radiohead or Coldplay create — strange and sleek modern production filling in the shadows many rock bands ignore. The difference is that Lake Trout does not have the clout or big label backing that those other bands do. If you know of what I speak, you must go find this album at that cool indie music shop in the next town over or on the Internet. You won’t be disappointed.
The inlay to this album is a strange storyboarding segment for what appears to be a dark, David Fincher-like film, one that apparently concerns a man’s obsession for a dead stripper he hardly knew. The images and suggestions here bring to mind the perfect description of the album’s tone: haunted lives and personal danger.
Opener “Stutter” stalks back alleyways in the neon city and slams your mental gears in line with a healthy dose of adrenaline, jumpstarting the dark and moody tone to follow through tracks such as “Bliss” and “Burr (The Man).” This band has an intuitive understanding of how sound and its arrangement can trigger vivid archetypal imagery from within the subconscious mind. This reveals itself on “Her,” a haunting vignette that has for days now rolled around in my head, translated by my brain into the scene of a lake in the small hours of the morning, the moon and thick, ominous fog obscuring what may surround the observer.
Not every track is as strong, yet as a whole or even taken in the right reduced progression, the material on Another One Lost is an interesting cut above music designed for mass consumption, a catchy and atmospheric album.