THE LONG LOST consists of high-school-sweethearts turned husband-and-wife ALFRED (aka DAEDELUS) and LAURA DARLINGTON. Both hail from Santa Monica, California, where they met in the high school orchestra--he on double-bass and she on flute--and became partners in the ballroom dance club. After four years apart, they formed The Long Lost during a renewed courtship in 1998.
In contrast to the avant-electronics and hip-hop aesthetics of Alfred's music as Daedelus, The Long Lost unites two songwriters and producers with a penchant for sad sounds and delicate, electro-acoustic melodies. These two hopeless romantics make psychedelic lullabies for lovers and the lovelorn. The stillness and poise of "The Art of Kissing," an exquisite Brazilian-influenced number, is in fact driven hard by frantic brushed drums (the lovers' heartbeats?). "Woebegone" goes folkways for an achingly beautiful ballad, both familiar and strange. Laura has performed with a variety of LA's avant-hip-hop-soul heavyweights like Sa-Ra, Daedelus, and FLYING LOTUS. On this 12-inch, Fly Lo returns the favor with two remarkable remixes that complete the package and take "Woebegone" in startling alternate directions.
A fascinating and utterly individual project, The Long Lost takes the subject of love away from the cliches and hackneyed wailing of the mainstream and reconnects it to those strange and uncontrollable emotions to which we're all so in thrall.1 The Art Of Kissing (2:55) 2 Woebegone (Flying Lotus' Luckiest Charm) (2:47) Remix - Flying Lotus 3 Woebegone (2:31) (2:31)