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Album Review: Treetop Flyers – The Mountain Moves

With their debut single ‘Things Will Change’ – released in early April – Treetop Flyers had already set the pace for their forthcoming debut album. The British five-piece chose to record The Mountain Moves in sunny Malibu, California and it certainly possesses a West Coast, 60s vintage rock vibe.

‘Things Will Change’ feels almost classicist in its approach to sound: with lead vocalist Reid Morrison bringing to mind Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ ‘Come On Eileen’. There’s also a definite sense of nostalgia here; within the track, the band sounds cohesive and together with vocals not only from Morrison, but also the group’s remaining members: Sam Beer (guitar), Mathew Starritt (bass) and Tomer Danan (drums).

It’s About Time’ – which we’re confidently informed isn’t on the album – meanwhile, is an old-fashioned country, folk gem with everything from electric steel guitar to bombardments of riffs: think Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 1973 album closer ‘Simple Man’, and you wouldn’t be far off. ‘Rose Is In The Yard’ is phenomenal, drenched in soulful blues and folk qualities – imagine Marvin Gaye’s ‘Flyin’ High’ with more earthy and acoustic production. The steady taps on the snare drum, accompanied by the prevalent bass, and Morrison’s vocals, makes for a slow, smooth, and sensual track.

Houses Are Burning’, on the other hand, is without doubt, one of the more alternative rock-oriented moments on offer. The powerful voices of the band and the way they blend with one another give it a great deal of force. After playing SXSW in both 2010 and 2012, it’s not hard to see why this track has gotten so much buzz: the bridge builds up monumentally with speedy riffs, until boom, the chorus kicks in with its intricate melodies and catchy lyrics.

Taking into consideration how versatile Treetop Flyers sound here, with the numerous elements incorporated into this album, it’s easy to see why their fan base continues to grow larger day by day. Since forming in 2009 and touring continuously throughout the world and hitting the festival circuit, they’ve had time to develop and perfect their craft, something that can be heard immeasurably on The Mountain Moves.

- Jess Edwards

The Mountain Moves is available now on Loose Music.

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