Throwing Quarters:  Lórien | The Missing Collection

May 10, 2010 Music Reviews

“Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.” -Horace in Satires

It’s been said that all good things come to an end. Fortunately for fans of indie rock band Lórien, they’re only down a keyboardist and occasional background singer (Cara Pollock). Their new venture, under the moniker The Young International, promises to maintain their melodic sensibility and attention to pop detail. Prior to closing the book on their venture as Lórien, the fivesome left devotees with a final chapter, The Missing Collection.

Full of b-sides and alternate versions of previously released material, The Missing Collection was the final gasp of a band in its death throes. Considering the demo-quality recordings of most of the included tracks, it’s fair to assume Lórien already knew they were due for a crash landing on April 13 when they released the album. It comes in a final effort to share all the unreleased music they had lying around before the band moves on to the next project.

Lead track, “Monster Ate The Pilot” directly steals its storyline from the hit TV series LOST…

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