Second full-length album from indie-poppers Treetop Flyers. Palomino was produced and recorded in-house, at the group’s own Soup Studios. Death and lost love are strong themes throughout the record, but the production and the songwriting doesn’t get bogged down into excessive melancholy. CD or double LP on Loose Music.
5/10 Clinton Staff review, 09 March 2016
"Indiepoppers" the description says but this ain't indiepop. The label should give you a clue - its on Loose and therefore what we have is lightly rocking country. The type of record that will have Uncut’s Allan Jones reminiscing about smoking dope with Gram Parsons.
Opening track ‘You Darling You’ is deep into "Whispering" Bob Harris territory with that kind of laid back shuffle that suggests folks dancing whilst sitting on barstools. But its a produced by Jonathan Wilson so you’d hope there was some sonic experimentation going on but "Sleepless Nights" sounds like a Fleet Foxes who have been instructed to only play a couple of chords before bedtime. Wilson tries admirably to get the band out of their comfort jones with some fuzz bass on ‘It’s A Shame’ but the band's compositions are just too straight-laced. The chorus simply repeats ‘Its a Shame’ over and over.
It is indeed a shame as with a little more invention in the songwriting stakes they could appeal to those fans of Father John Misty who don’t want yet another album of a self absorbed man talking about his wife. The Crosby, Stills and Nash harmonies of the downbeat ‘St Andrews Cross’ suggests there is something in the locker for Drive By Truckers fans but elsewhere we are just in competent bar band territory.
9/10 Pat Customer review, 28th March 2016
Wow! Staff review very harsh. I purchased this on a whim (late night Internet surfing)
Never heard of the band before but what a beautiful LP this is .Folky country psychedelia is how i would describe it .There is the Crosby Stills and Nash about the vocals, the playing is faultless and the production strong. The most important part (the songs)are the strength, not a weak song on it and I can't tell you how delighted I am to have stumbled on it.
The first song."You Darling You" has a great hook which starts the LP fantastically through to "Dance Through the Night" and the beautiful "St Andrews Cross".
Please give it a listen and give your lug hole's a treat!!
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