Release Date: Jan 29, 2013
Record label: Hardly Art
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Lost Animal is Jarrod Quarrell’s musical project, and the title of his new album, Ex Tropical, refers to his childhood years spent in Papua New Guinea. Though this is lean, keyboard-based pop, it does contain elements of the tropical past left behind, especially with the marimba and horns on “Buai Raskol” or the more ambient marimbas and distant flute sounds on the title track. The album contains lots of exploratory layers, from the buried tension of “Sundown” to the ringing pianos over lean beats on “Lost the Baby”.
While it's only reaching North American shores officially now, Lost Animal's debut, Ex Tropical, has already been showered with "Best Album of 2012" accolades in its native Australia. Lost Animal is the solo project of Jarrod Quarrell, following previous act St. Helens, who only stuck around for one album. It isn't a subtle release.
Lost Animal is the project of Australian musician Jarrod Quarrell, whose hypnotic songs sound utterly suspended in time and free of genre. “Ex Tropical,” Lost Animal’s debut record, which Hardly Art has just put out worldwide after its 2011 release, skips around the edges of trip-hop, doo-wop, lounge, and, most intriguingly, calypso. The opening “(Intro) Beat Goes On” slinks out of the speakers with a string of nasty come-ons we can’t print here, but it’s unabashedly sexy.