Led by three singer-songwriters, the Lost Cartographers tell tales of train tracks, setbacks, leaving, love, and loss. Sultry lead vocals and haunting harmonies light the way as the group travels through a landscape filled with the sounds of Americana.
Their debut album opens with the gritty garage rock of title track "Walk On," then hitchhikes to classic country territory with "Killing Time in Nashville." After a dark American-gothic episode in "Hudson River Teenage Blues," the band stops by the roadside for the hillbilly stomp of "Goodbye Ohio." The album journeys through a land of longing and loneliness, and ends at the edge of the universe with the feedback-soaked psychedelia of "Golden Record."
Recorded at Delmark/Riverside Studios in Chicago, the album was made using vintage equipment from the legendary Chess Records. The Lost Cartographers revel in the romantic nostalgia of a time gone by, but push forward into new territories, hell-bent on never standing still.
Erin Fusco - keyboard, background vocals
Jason Haaheim - percussion
Aaron Rester - lead guitar, harmonica, banjo, background vocals
Gabrielle Schafer - lead vocals, guitar
Karl Seigfried - bass
"Walk On" (Imaginary Chicago Records), 2009 (listen at http://www.last.fm/music/The+Lost+Cartographers/Walk+On)
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Local Americana band THE LOST CARTOGRAPHERS play rustic indie rock that references the finer aspects...Local Americana band THE LOST CARTOGRAPHERS play rustic indie rock that references the finer aspects of country music's past. Featuring the intricate keyboard work of ERIN FUSCO and the lovely, at times forlorn, vocals of GABRIELLE SCHAFER, the CARTOGRAPHERS are simultaneously affectionate and nostalgic.
CD review: The Lost Cartographers - 'Walk On'
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Chicago's indie rock scene is no stranger to Americana influences, and The Lost Cartographers are on...Chicago's indie rock scene is no stranger to Americana influences, and The Lost Cartographers are one of the newest local acts to explore the sound, making bittersweet, nostalgic music that summons thoughts of country towns and railroad tracks. The band recently completed their debut LP, Walk On, a strong collection of 10 original songs built on a solid alt-country foundation. What's most refreshing about the group's debut, though, is that it proves they aren't content to stick to a single formula. It isn't rare for Americana-influenced records to sound overly sleepy and samey, but Walk On makes it clear the quintet are forging a more diverse path. From the upbeat, poppy opening title track to the slightly psychedelic vibe of closing song "Golden Record," the band keep their sound fresh and avoid settling into a rut. Along the way they serve up American noir ("Hudson River Teenage Blues"), hoedown fun ("Goodbye Ohio"), classic storyteller country ("Big Old House") and simple sweetness ("Proposal"). Lead singer Gabrielle Schafer adds significantly to the material's charm with a pure, warm delivery that accentuates the expressive lyrics of principal songwriter Aaron Rester. The result is a memorable debut that will appeal to more than just fans of Americana and suggests a promising future.
CD Review from The War On Pop
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"The quintet displays a showcase of Americana highlights that has been matched by only a small list ..."The quintet displays a showcase of Americana highlights that has been matched by only a small list of new and upcoming artists over the past few years... On the whole, these songs draw memories of a female-fronted Wilco circa A.M., combined with the electric organ the band has featured particularly in their most recent work. Overall, the timbre of Lost Cartographers combines both the old and new of Wilco's alt-country, folk, and Americana influences... What stands out most on this record is not the Americana feel itself, however good that may be. Instead, lead vocalist Gabrielle Schafer shines through at all points, as her sound falls somewhere between the vocal essence of Natalie Merchant combined with a slight country-twang, reminiscent of Jenny Lewis."
CD Review from Maverick Magazine
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"'Walk On' conjures up memories of Lucinda Williams poppier efforts [while] 'Killing Time in Nashvil..."'Walk On' conjures up memories of Lucinda Williams poppier efforts [while] 'Killing Time in Nashville' is as good a country song as I’ve heard in many years... 'Hudson River Teenage Blues' would make the Handsome Family proud... 'Big Old House' is so honest and desolate you wonder if it’s written from personal experience. In my humble opinion it’s certainly good enough to be recorded by Faith, Reba or even Dolly in the near future."
Roots Rock Radio
"Proof that real rock and roll is still alive and kicking."
Jolene (by Dolly Parton)
Love Will Be the Lightning
Killing Time in Nashville
Wayside (Gillian Welch)
Big Old House
Saturday Matinee Western
The Gambler (Kenny Rogers--rockabilly style)
Sets usually last about one hour. We have about 20 original songs that we can play and lots of covers as well.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.