July 28, 2009

The Fall Trees
Yellow Sun

Redondo Beach, CA
Engineered by Brian Rutkin | Mixed by Elliot
Glass and Brian Rutkin | Mastered by Lucas Earley

While The Fall Trees’ EP, Yellow Sun, sounds lo-fi and lowbrow cool, it appears to be so less by design and more out of a desire to be authentic.

The album surges with bracing energy, yet it still plays things cool and occasionally groovy. It’s a scratchy, swirling and mostly electrified album that spits and snarls in a festive manner. With sparks popping like a loose wire and a few songs brimming with a drunken jam delivery, they unfurl as if played for the first time and in the backyard of some inner-city duplex.

Yellow Sun’s material tends to crawl out from the mid-1960s era of bands like The Standells or the slinkier Rolling Stones catalogue. “Train 821” is similar in stride to the Stones’ “The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man,” and its nasal and sugary vocals sound like Faster Pussycat’s Taime Downe. It takes its own sweet time to move along, carrying a rhythm that’s bluesy and raw. “Around the Yellow Sun” is playful and inviting, with its simple chorus and near spoken-word delivery. Elliot Glass sings, “I’ve heard this city hum/I’ve watched the sky open up/Every night, every day/World turns/But the sun stays in the same place.”

“Stop Making Me Down” grinds its riffs inward, stomping and testifying as only a hammered man can. But the album’s standout track may be “Oh My How Things Change,” which absolutely burns.

Yellow Sun is rich in lyrical imagery and texture. It gets deep in the spine and moves across the ear in a prickly and subversively funky way, like a spider on your shoulder. (self-released)
-Brian Tucker


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