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"This band is the next big thing"

This is the epitome of fantastic unsigned indie rock. With a sound resembling superstars Coldplay and rising stars Keane, they will instantly gain a place in your heart. A spectacular choice of five tracks that are unbelievable. Blissful piano and superb harmony on "12" exemplify the deep lyrics and open up into a flashy musical arrangement complete with bellowing trumpet play. The highly electronic and synthesized "2nd Chance" is explosive, catchy, and futuristic sounding. A sweet female voice tied in on the chorus only adds to the already greatness. "Wanted" has some more electronic sounds yet powerful vocals to upstage them. The song title is also what this band is going to be as soon as listeners across the globe hear there music. This band is the next big thing, so sit back, enjoy this EP and watch their success rapidly grow.

Review by-Geoff Dellinger

- Entertainment World


"Some of the catchiest straight-ahead melodic pop to arrive in some time"

Many of the better-known "piano pop" bands out there these days drop a healthy dose of irony and smirking cool in their tunes. Lost Tricks founder and songwriter Trevor Oswalt has no such pretensions and the man has little concern for appealing to the hipster cool, post-punk audience and the blogs they frequent. Yet, they sent us a promo anyway, and the truth is, Lost Tricks is damn cool, and certainly some of the catchiest straight-ahead melodic pop to arrive in some time.

"Freeman" is the kind of earnest, sunny piano anthem that recalls the best tracks on Keane's recent disc. A top-down, summer's day driving tune, the song would put a smile on the face of even the most jaded pop cynic.

"12" is the most restrained track on the self-titled EP, sounding a bit like a good Coldplay ballad, as interpreted by Ben Folds, with some 1970's pop flourishes thrown in.

"Second Chance" brings out the band's soulful side, and "All Around You" also resembles the aforementioned Folds, with some Billy Joel piano licks from his late-70's heyday.

It's all very lush, atmospheric and heart-on-your-sleeve, without sounding overblown. Lost Tricks' debut has no agenda other than creating soaring, infectious pop melodies. On that level, the band succeeds brilliantly.

http://www.sonicslang.com/sonic_slang/2006/01/lost_tricks_ep.html - SonicSlang


"Lyrics to make the ladies cry and the guys relate: check."

'Lost Tricks is original. They manage to skirt comparisons to quite a few bands and while they might sound a little bit like some other acts you've already heard, their lyrical sensibility and musical talent distinguish them in ways other bands do not. They're a windows-down-in-the-summer kind of band. Lost Tricks doesn't try to do too much and they hit all the bases. Lyrics to make the ladies cry and the guys relate: check. Presentation of a friggin' rock song: check.
This isn't to say that Lost Tricks is a one-note band. They can rock out, too, as evidenced on "FreeMan". And Lost Tricks seem to have a lot more ability than the one-off rock piano acts of late like Something Corporate and they don't come off as whiny, like Coldplay's current incarnation.
Lost Tricks is a good band. Simply.
- David Esposito, Northeast In-Tune

http://www.northeastintune.com/index.php?bd=reg&sb=land&article=040635 - Northeast In-Tune Magazine


"Luscious delectable harmonies and piano pop done"

"An excellent, confident 5 song EP. Lost Tricks are on a mission to give piano based pop a good name and the good news is, that they succeed here on their debut CD EP. If the last Ben Folds solo album bummed you out, one listen to the lead off track, "Freeman" will push your eyes heavenward. Fans of the spirited style of The Argument, Fluid Ounces and a more laid back, acoustic-piano driven Spymob. The sound here is muscular piano-based pop with poignant lyrics wrapped up in a cheeky good naturedness and injected with warm fuzzies and feel-good intentions. The EP forges a new tradition of well-orchestrated songs of depth. With luscious, delectable harmonies and piano pop done 'right', this is Very Highly Recommended!" - Not Lame Records, NotLame.com - Not Lame


"Amplifier Magazine"

"They can claim their rightful place in American pop culture." - Erika Clarke


"NYC's Music Mag pronounces"

"Trevor is a true singer/songwriter in the classic pop tradition, both a New York City realist and a musically gifted romantic." - The Deli


"Topping the Blogs"

"Huh? Wha? WTF did this come from? Any act that can evoke feelings of Ben Folds, Spymob and Supertramp, all in the space of one song is already destined for legendary status in the Kurt's Krap CD collection. There are enough tricks to keep you both surprised and totally lost in the gorgeous melodies. This trio packs more goodness into 17 minutes than most bands collect over an entire album. The completely upbeat "Freeman" and the 70's proggy pop of "All Around U" are the tunes waiting to break. And when the horn kicks in on the orchestral ballad "12", I turn all to mush. There can't be a full album follow up soon enough for me." - Kurt's Krap


"Top 10 of Download.com"

The Dark Alley calls LOST TRICKS one of the top 10 of Download.com - "If I can be forgiven for generalising for a moment, the vast majority of music found at Download.com is absolute rubbish. There are some artist of rare talent that occupy their domain, of those, I have found some artists I believe are worth listening to: Lost Tricks." - The Dark Alley


"Featured Interview in TheBubbly.com"

http://www.thebubbly.com/archives/000706.html - NYC's TheBubbly.com


"Featured Interview in EntertainmentWorld"

http://www.entertainmentworld.us/Music/LostTricks.html - EntertainmentWorld.com


Discography

"Untitled LP", 2006 at Quad Studios w/Andros Rodriguez (Sum 41, Lenny Kravitz, Jewel, ...)
"EP", 2005 - 2005
-w/Charles Newman co-prod. (The Magnetic Fields, The Walking Concert)
"Eye Of The Storm", 2004 (LP)

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visit our original sonicbids site at: www.sonicbids.com/losttricks

• WATCH THE NEW "FREEMAN" VIDEO online at, www.LostTricks.com/video

• Recently co-wrote a song with Blessed Union of Souls singer Eliot Sloan for an upcoming Warner Brothers film, "Alice".
• Recently signed to Bitchin' Entertainment's Label Ready Program
• In top 25 of Unsigned Music Magazine's Contest
• Currently recording new album at Quad Studios Andros Rodriguez (Lenny Kravitz, Jewel, Raconteurs, and Kelly Clarkson)

The 'Anti-Williamsburg' movement has begun. It's 2006 in New York City and they're not afraid to rhyme, give hook-happy offerings, and by and large are on a mission to give piano driven indie-pop a good name.

Where did such an ambitious plan come from?

LOST TRICKS originated as the solo identity of singer/keyboardist Trevor Oswalt (of the movie HITCH and TV's 'Third Watch'), who was soon joined by bassist John Galgano and Agustin Frederic on drums. The boys recently completed laying down the tracks to their debut EP which they affectionately coin, "a testament to the roots of pop songwriting."
Recorded and co-produced with Charles Newman (The Magnetic Fields, The Walking Concert), the catchy and lush tracks are comprised of keyboard anthems, edgy arpeggiators, pop-sensible songwriting, and Oswalt's upfront vocals. Listeners and luminaries have already likened the spirited and original radio-friendly sound to a wide range of popular performers, and as Erika Clarke of Amplifier Magazine explains, “…Lost Tricks can claim their rightful place in America’s pop culture.”

LOST TRICKS' high-energy live act is powerful. The line up consists of Oswalt on vintage Rhodes & acoustic piano as well as synth arpeggiators & computer based accoutrements, with Agustin Frederic on drums, and John Galgano on bass. The resulting sound is pure earnest fun. It is an energizing translation of the densely arranged EP while exposing a volatile immediacy that is as raw as it is personal and sincere. And judging by the rapidly growing devoted fan base, LOST TRICKS' distinct brand of melodic piano pop is definitely on to something good. The bloggers agree: The Dark Alley named LOST TRICKS in the top 10 of Download.com and music blog-dork Kurt’s Krap calls LOST TRICKS “legendary” with “tunes waiting to break.”

Oswalt grew up on the West Coast in scenic Oregon and woefully admits he was never shot 9 times. From a young age he studied singing and piano. He was influenced by a wide variety of sounds including jazz, choral work, hip-hop, as well as mainstream and indie-pop. As a solo performer, composer, and actor, Oswalt has worked all over the world, including performances in Los Angeles and Moscow. Oswalt's LOST TRICKS is already creating a hot underground buzz via the internet and hand to hand distribution of the new EP and LOST TRICKS' infectious live shows.

LOST TRICKS is currently performing throughout the Northeast and beyond and is currently hard at work on a full length at Quad Studios in NYC.