In what apparently took a Kickstarter effort to get off the ground, Foreverlin’s Long Lost is a sweeping, almost self-centered debut—in the honest sense of the word, that’s not necessarily a negative thing. The record is full of repetitive instrumental tracks (a little Explosions in the Sky mixed with shoegazer rock); towering, reverberating vocals; and extended themes. The record is written for the sake of the band, and they’re inviting you to come along with them. The band took a walk through the woods—a wandering trail where you inevitably look up at the stars, spirit-questing, all but forcing introspection—and I don’t think it’s a coincidence the album artwork reflects that. The name implies an “all those who wander are not lost” mentality, the band name suggesting they don’t care how long.
I don’t have all my research done on the Wyoming rock scene, but, hailing from Cheyenne, I can only imagine the epic plains of where they’re from influenced the wide open spaces on the record. The grandiose mountains and space mirror the lay of the record.
Long Lost can be enveloping sometimes, but don’t throw it on when you’re not ready for a trip—it would be like turning on a Quentin Tarantino movie halfway through and asking questions about the characters. It’s like getting on a phone call with that friend that turns into Socrates everytime you talk—you can’t just say hello. You love them because they’re your friend, but you know you sometimes hit the ignore button.