Album review: TREETOP FLYERS – The Mountain Moves

TREETOP FLYERS - The Mountain Moves

Loose Music [Release date 29.04.13]

Having won the Glastonbury Emerging Talent competition in 2011, and released two well received singles – ‘Things Will Change’ and ‘It’s About Time’, 2013 sees the release of the London based five-piece’s debut album on the Americana Loose Music label.

And it’s something of a revelation.  Produced by Noah Georgeson (Devandra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, Bert Jansch) and recorded in Zuma Sound in Malibu, LA – studios that have paid host to likes of Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, The Dixie Chicks, and Sheryl Crow, The Mountain Moves is an evocative mix of rock, soul, country, gospel and folk influences; and in front man Reid Morrison they have a singer whose vocals have a distinctive and haunting air.  And the value of an immediately recognisable sound is priceless.

But Treetop Flyers are no ‘one man band’, the others in the line-up – Sam Beer (guitar / vocals), Laurie Sherman (guitar), Mathew Starrit (bass / vocals) and Tomer Danan (drums / vocals) – all play their part in delivering a timeless collection that pays homage to the West Coast sound of the likes of The Byrds, Little Feat, CSN&Y and the likes of Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac without ever sounding overly retro or derivative.

It’s a faultless and refreshing performance that has elements of the free flowing groove of the Kings Of Leon and with an American release imminent and a countryman behind the drum kit, it’s almost inevitable, and well deserved, that Treetop Flyers will follow in the footsteps of Mumford & Sons to become the next major Brit headliners Stateside.

An album that oozes quality, demands repeated listens, and almost certainly signals the emergence of a major new talent.  *****

Review by Pete Whalley

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