If there’s a Valentine’s Day dance in heaven, The Lostines are the house band. Superimposing Everly Brothers-style harmonies atop lilting guitar and doo-wop-inspired instrumentation, Camille Wind Weatherford and Casey Jane Reece-Kaigler transmit messages of disillusionment, enduring romanticism, and tenacious hope.
Named after a river in the duo’s native Oregon and cultivated in the New Orleans DIY scene where the pair met, The Lostines’ chemistry is both forward-looking and a throwback, born of seemingly disparate aesthetics — classic country, Louisiana dance hall, mid-century girl groups. Since joining forces in 2013, the Lostines have been transporting fans with bare and ethereal lullabies, smart harmonies, and wry call-and-response, all the while tempering that sincerity with an ample dose of tongue-in-cheek goofiness.
Originally recorded at New Orleans’ Mashed Potato Records in 2018, THE LOSTINES EP, the duo’s first collection of songs, wraps a full-band sound around the The Lostines’ bittersweet love songs and ballads. Heavily infused with the studio’s magic combo of in-house arrangements and tasteful lo-fi production, THE LOSTINES EP is a heartsick journey through a landscape of syrupy spring reverb, jangly guitar, and backing vocals that would have done the Shangri-Las proud. The resulting sound is one that many strive to achieve: something truly Classic, as if the 4 track EP were simply plucked from the ethereal undercurrent of the American music tradition. Timeless, yet forever and gorgeously tethered to New Orleans’ abiding affinity for dance and revelry.