In the summer of 2009 Ari Picker - writer, composer, and architect of the band - lost his mother, an artist in her own right, when she took her own life. Picker was in the midst of releasing his band's debut album, All Alone in an Empty House, a collection of folk-inflected songs that surprised with its orchestral arrangements, to an acclaim usually reserved for seasoned veterans: "both heart wrenching and beautiful," said Paste, while the Huffington Post called the album "spellbinding in its musical ambition, touching in its intimacy, and often overwhelming in its emotional honesty." Picker took the loss of his mother and set about transforming the events into a tribute, composing, writing lyrics, his mother's picture above his writing desk: the same picture that now graces the album's cover.
The result is A Church That Fits Our Needs, an album that can stand beside not only musical journeys like Neil Young's Tonight's the Night and Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago, but also such literature of loss as Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking. Picker's astonishing tenor voice - an instrument that veers from Carl Wilson's emotional purity to the otherworldly abstractions of Thom Yorke - opens our window into this intensely emotional music.
Poor Moon is Christian Wargo (Fleet Foxes, Crystal Skulls) Casey Wescott (Fleet Foxes) and brothers Ian and Peter Murray (The Christmas Cards). The band, named for frontman and primary songwriter Christian Wargo's favorite Canned Heat song, began four years ago as a long distance project with demos being created and sent back and forth while Wargo and Wescott were touring in support of the Fleet Foxes 2008 self-titled debut and Ian and Peter living in the Bay area.