Lost in the Country

Trace Mountains - Lost in the Country
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2020 Ratings: #148 / 268
User Score
Based on 49 ratings
2020 Ratings: #232
April 10, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Lame-O / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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An admirable sense of realisation of the world – and the need to push through the ‘Absurdity’ (a highlight) – it’s close to reaching that potential, as an album, but doesn’t push beyond those well-trodden paths from the indie-rock forebearers before him.
Dave Benton formerly of LVL-UP releases his second album under his new moniker Trace Mountains. I was excited to listen to this new record after I thoroughly enjoyed his 2018 release, A Partner to Lean on. Benton's careful mix of indie-rock, folk, indie-pop, and low-fi production made for a listening experience that attempted to evoke past sounds most often associated with bands like Neutral Milk Hotel, and The Microphones. On this new record, those influences persist but also make way for ... read more
This is a nice, little indie rock record that doesn't overstep or undersell. It's very assuring to hear. My favorites are "Dog Country," "I am Leaving You," and "Lost in the Country."
yeah you know what, it ISN'T lvl up, and we really shouldn't expect it to be! the songs here are so well written, so full of grace and pervaded by this soft, open, natural spirituality that comparing it to his old band feels kinda like cheating, or missing the point. I genuinely cannot put words to the rare vibe going on here and how special it all is. The title track is very likely going to be my top track of the year. Yeah, it's only April, i said what i said.
Not as good as LVL UP imo still but a solid folk record.
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Track List

  1. Rock & Roll
  2. Dog Country
  3. Me & May
  4. I am Leaving You
  5. Cooper's Dream
  6. Lost in the Country
  7. Benji
  8. Fallin' Rain
  9. Absurdity
  10. Turn to Blue
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Added on: February 14, 2020