Lost On Purpose recently released their seventh album Ronin. The title is Japanese for “masterless samurai” but the characters in the word literally mean “wave person,” or someone who wanders over the land like an ocean wave without a home. It was through this style of traveling that band founder Will VanderWyden explored Asia and became inspired to create the new album. VanderWyden admits that all previous Lost On Purpose albums were just collections of songs written in a certain time period but this new album is:
“…a cohesive album with a distinct theme, a deliberate track order –a real album, in the traditional sense of the word, one meant to be listened to from beginning to end.”
Mixed by Jon O’Brien (Young The Giant) the album still continues the band’s rustic folk-pop roots but is also textured with orchestral chamber pop and even garage rock. Here’s the music video for the album’s opening track “Some Other Life” that VanderWyden self-shot while wandering around Los Angeles and Tokyo or as he claims, two of his three hometowns:
Lost On Purpose will next perform this Saturday, August 3rd for NohoPalooza at The Other Door in Noho along with Young Creatures, Okapi Sun, Owls, Tic Tic Boom, Wires In The Walls, and Little Red Lung.