St. Louis-based indie-Americana outfit Lost on the Metro recently released their debut EP, entitled Buried Bones.
Made up of Jilly (vocals), David (guitar), and Josh (guitar), Lost on the Metro got together during the pandemic. Wearing masks and socially distanced, the trio would gather on the front porch of a house to write songs and rehearse. Before long, neighbors were watching and cheering as if attending an impromptu concert.
New to the music scene in St. Louis, which is primarily cover bands, Lost on the Metro is always looking to book new shows and play gigs.
Jilly explains, “A cover song might get us in the door, but what drives me, what keeps me going as a human and a person who’s working through all these things, is our music and our lyrics.”
On Buried Bones, Lost on the Metro’s sound blends elements of alternative, blues, and country into enticing musical concoctions tied to places, such as a farm in Michigan, historic sites, and the Marianas trench.
Encompassing six tracks, the EP begins with “Ramey Road,” rolling out on a thumping rhythm topped by dark, dirty guitars. Jilly’s edgy, vibrato imbues the lyrics with portentous tones as sleazy guitars give the harmonics stark, bluesy coloration.
Highlights include “Paint These Lines,” which merges folk savors with hints of stripped-down alt-rock and alt-country flavors. Yet it’s the aching, tremulous voice of Jilly that elevates the song from good to excellent. There’s a lusciously seductive sonic aspect to her voice, a subtle quivering fringe, almost Medusa-like, that beckons listeners’ ears.
A personal favorite because of its murky grungy guitars juxtaposed against Jilly’s femme fatale voice, “Provenance” churns with heavy, gritty layers of sound, thick and viscous. Whereas “Mariana” travels on low-slung gleaming guitars, giving the tune a hymn-like feel.
The final track, “Lesser,” features yawning, melancholic tones dripping with bluesy country tangs. Beguiling as ever, Jilly’s voice conveys regret, longing, and nostalgia, infusing the lyrics with sad sentiment.
Lost on the Metro has it going on! Not only is their music fresh and alluring, but Jilly Morey’s voice is simply bewitching.