Lost Forever is incredibly damaged sunny psych-punk with pop leanings.
The two members of The Shrouded Strangers have been through a lot over the past 13 years, both together and on their own. They've gone through two other bands during The Shrouded Strangers' hiatus. Listening to The Shrouded Strangers' 1999 debut and the recordings from the Carlsonics and Nethers, it's easy to see where Lost Forever draws its various influences. What initially seemed off the wall now seems like nothing more than completely logical progression. Their strongest sense of folk, ambient, psychedalia, punk, and pop are all molded together here into one monstrous sound. While Lost Forever can sometimes be difficult to digest, it's still an immensely worthwhile listen. Hopefully they won't take another 13 years between this and their next record.