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This one has my name written all over it. First up it has trees in the band name. I like trees. I also like drifty, dreamy guitar pop, the type recently made popular by Real Estate and Wild Nothing. 80’s influenced, slightly flangy guitars and murmured indistinct vocals. The kind of dreamy pop group that emerged in the wake of R.E.M. I’m thinking, to throw a really obscure name at you - Dreams So Real. Their early records had this exact sound. Unfortunately they took the major label dollar and turned into a terrible rock band but the Peter Buck produced ‘Father’s House’ is worth seeking out.
Anyway back to the task in hand and after a short ambient intro, ‘Fireworks’ is the real winner here. Not a million miles away from Interpol if they had listened more to The Smiths and Echo and the Bunnymen than Joy Division. Ace swirling 80’s jangle rock. Though very nice, nothing hits quite as hard until ‘Perfect Heartache’ which lifts the melody from Dinosaur Jr’s ‘The Wagon’ and adds it to a broth of Real Estate jangle. Derivative but lovely. If the album has a fault is that it drifts a bit in places rather than stings and sounds a little ‘produced’ compared to the organic sounds of the likes of Real Estate but I’m still enjoying their plaintive guitar compositions. Next time if they can up their songwriting we could be talking about something really special.
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