SEED TO TREE - Seed To Tree

Seed To Tree - Seed To Tree

5 songs
18:41 minutes
***** **
(self released)


It’s easy to be prejudiced against young bands, and the first live videos I saw of Seed To Tree left me with the impression that his newcomer trio had a little bit too much of a dry sound, considering that their line-up consists of a vocalist who also plays the acoustic guitar, an electric guitarist who sometimes plays the mandolin and a drummer. Therefore I wasn’t too excited to review their debut EP, but now, after listening to it a couple of times, I feel more positive about the band’s studio side.

This is partly due to the fact that they recruited the help of two musicians from Birdbones who added the much needed bass guitar and some keyboards, the latter of which are not really making that much of an impact on the band’s sound. But more importantly, it is frightening how adept these youngsters are in the songwriting department, and while not all of their songs manage yet to convince me totally, they still come out with three highly professional tracks that promise a lot more to come in the future.

The self-titled EP starts with Regrets, a melancholic piece of music that instantly sets the mood for the nearly twenty minutes long record. Seed To Tree play unashamedly indie folk pop in the vein of artists like Mumford & Sons, Of Monsters And Men and Fleet Foxes, the way it has become popular with young people all over the world these last couple of years. The vocalist has one of those emotionally charged voices that fortunately doesn’t drift off into too much pathos, the acoustic guitar does what an acoustic guitar usually does, while the electric guitar plays a subdued, hardly distorted role. The following Pine Cone shows the band from a mellower side, which still works ok for them but doesn’t come with the kind of gravitas of the opener. Things brighten up again with the three minute short What Would You Do?, a crunchy track that perfectly manages the balance between acoustic balladry and a rousing chorus. Broken Down does without the electric guitar in favour of the mandolin, and while this more folk sounding track could have become a risky excursion into kitsch, the trio once again pulls it off by adding a truly catchy chorus that makes one wonder where they get their ideas. The EP ends with the ballad Lonely Leader, and once again I feel redeemed that these guys are more at ease on their more upbeat material.

Privately I don’t listen too often to indie folk artists, but objectively speaking it must be admitted that Seed To Tree delivered a massive statement with their debut EP, and if these three guys are able to build on that, we will have the opportunity to hear much more uplifting music from them in the future. Just a word of advice: please add a bass player, because it gives your sound more volume!

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