Stephen o?Sullivan - b
Steve Tucker - org, piano
Dan Barrow - dr
After the goldrush #44 - The Sun Is Back. www.THEBROKENFACE.BLOGSPOT.COM Saturday , March 08, 2008. Bicester, Oxon, U.K brings us TALKING TREES, a relatively unknown name in the psychedelic pop/folk heavens. The sunny vibe present on their brand new ´Revolation´ www.talkingtrees.com works eminently well on a lovely spring day like this. There´s something about these guys´ take on Byrdsian pop, folk-tinged harmonies and intricate guitar patterns that has me smiling. Most of the ´60´s pop ingredients are present, but it´s all peppered with some nicely baked jangly Flying Nun pop and delicate twee pop. The whole thing clocks in at just less than 25 minutes and when it comes to this sort of sparkling pop that´s certainly for the better.
Many times i´ve heard this band described as ´Folk-Rock.´ When SRC sticks his foot down on a Cry-Baby on ´Return Victoriana´ you just know these dudes really mean it. This is a great ROCK album. I´d have liked more songs, but after the pure brilliance of second track ´Seagulls & Kings´ these guys can do no wrong. In fact, the above song; full of twisting Mellotron and fantastic Rickenbacker 12 string is genius. Sends a shiver down my spine like no other ´wanna-be´ can manage. SRC of Talking Trees is a genius. This is also a release of genius. There´s also a dead sexy pic of SRC on the inside sleeve! (I wouldn´t mind waking up next to him!) Lot´s of Love, Chan´
I had been waiting for a new release from this band...and I must admit that I was surprised at Talking Trees new sound. There is a real ´bite´ to this mini-album, and the 6 songs leave you in absolutely no doubt that the band are undergoing a minor musical ´Revolation´ of their own. This release is simply the strongest bunch of songs i´ve heard in a very long time. Criminally underrated, Talking Trees are probably the greatest band you´ve never heard! For individual playing and musical vision 10/10.
A dozen tracks of warmly melodic folk/rock harmonies and melodies. Gentle male vocals strung over chiming Byrds-like guitars, or mellow psychedelic unravelling. The vibe is sunny and upbeat, even when the songs are sad. All songs are written by Sean Robert Chambers, except for a lovely cover of the Kink´s God´s Children. There is a celtic influence, and some Americana as well; but it´s all well assimilated into their cumulative character; which is ultimately nestled somewhere between Belle & Sebastian and Kings of Convenience. George Parsons - Dream Magazine#7 www.dreamgeo.com
TALKING TREES - ´delusionland'(C.D, Wildshine Records, www.talkingtrees.com firstname.lastname@example.org):- Vor mehr als drei Jahren habe ich mich ausgesprochen begeistert vom damals nur als Demo erhaltlichen Debut des Sean Robert Chambers gezeigt. Inzwischen ist aus seinem Projekt Talking Trees eine echte Band geworden. Und nun Anfang 2006 gibt es auch ein neues, ein zweites Album. Was hat sich verandert? - Eigentlich gar nicht viel. Das Songwriting, die Arrangements atmen immer noch den Odem typisch britischer Psychedelia der spaten 60er und fruhen 70er Jahre. Folky, songorientiert, nie vollig abgedreht. Sehr hubsch, ziemlich vertraumt und fast wie erwartet nach einem ersten Album, das ich seinerzeit mit den englischen Kaleidoscope verglich. Was ist nun aber anders? - Die Kompositionen sind vielleicht etwas kompakter. Die Band spielt eine Spur straighter. Auch wenn vermutlich immer noch gebastelt wurde im studio. Die Tracks klingen mehr wie live in einem stuck aufgenommem. Und doch wirkt Manches wie Patchwork. Die Begeisterung , die der erste Longplayer ausloste, will sich hier nicht wieder einstellen. Keine Bange , die platte ist gut. Erfullt im Groben und Ganzen die Erwartungen, die man als Fan des Genres haben kann. Von bisschen das Spektakulare. Denn - machen wir uns nix vor - so gut wie The Kaleidoscope sind Talking Trees eben letztlich doch nicht. Darum keine Vergleiche mehr. Die Platte ist angenehm zu horen. Passt zum endlich beginnenden Fruhling. Und mit " God´s Children" von Ray Davies ist auch wieder eine sehr schon dargebotene Fremdkomposition dabei. Enjoy! www.twang-tone.de/lp.html - Letztes Update 05, April 2006. Sorry about the spelling!-´talking Trees-Sales
Talking Trees: ´delusionland´ Wildshine Records 2006 Album The follow up of the debut has the same qualities as the previous album, perhaps in a more finished technical form. This is enjoyable and fashionable, almost-sing-a-long rythmic, simple and happy psychfolkpop with a 60´s flower power pop flavour. Some tracks are more acoustic (like the brilliant 'Bread and Circuses'). The vocals have accents of 60´s flavoured psychpop harmony vocals. A very fine album. www.psychedelicfolk.homestead.com/psychfolkpopreview.html#anchor_51
The songs are excellent
As an owner of the band´s debut Talking Trees S/T, I was a little concerned that the band had split. Not so! delusionland is the kind of neat album that in my personal opinion only someone of the genius of John Lennon could have written. The acerbic lyric to the stark 'Bread and Circuses'is a modern day Working Class Hero, with 'Athabasca´ a nod to the mind bending closer of Revolver. The Byrds´ influence can still be heard in the guitar work, but this is an album so distinct in it´s own right it´s silly to try to draw comparisons. For me, the album contains the greatest song that´s ever flowed off the pen of Sean Robert Chambers,´mammon Mandarin'.'William´ and 'Wake Up World'would make great singles and I rate this album as highly as The Pretty Things´ S.F Sorrow. A truly great new album which holds it´s head up amongst the current crop with pride.
"... This album´s last track 'Athabasca´ for instance, is a tour through Psychedelic tones as only The Beatles with their´tomorrow Never Knows'or'I am the Walrus'have bettered..." Twang Tone
Aural Innovations #22 From England comes the debut album by folk/pop/psych ensemble Talking Trees. The promo sheet makes analogies to Jefferson Airplane, the Byrds and Simon and Garfunkel, and those couldn´t be more accurate. The album contains 14 tracks, all characterized by beautiful flowing melodies and tender folky vocals. The Byrds influence is mostly heard in the guitar patterns, and while Sean Robert Chambers doesn´t necessarily sound like Simon or Garfunkel it´s the singing that most reminds me of that classic duo. And the songwriting is excellent. These are songs that will stick in your head after the first listen. ´somewhere Upon Worlebury Hill´ and ´steel Plastic Centipede are among my favorites. They're both gorgeous slices of pop/psych with intricate little instrumental embellishments.'Wicken Fen´ and ´lather´ (a Jefferson Airplane cover) both have a more traditional folk sound, though 'Wicken Fen´ also has a Celtic flavor while ´lather´ has some brief but mind-bending trip guitar bits. Another highlight is 'Faroe Smiles', one of the heavier songs of the set, having a bit of a tripped out quality. And the organ really comes to the forefront on this one too. And speaking of tripped out jams, this band of delicious 3-4 songs closes their set with 'We Walk The Wheel', a 9 minute psychedelic freakout of liquid loops and acid jams. What a sweet ending! Yeah, there´s no question these Guys would have been on the charts 30+ years ago. But though Talking Trees wear their influences on their sleeves there´s a freshness and vitality to them that defies the retro label. Fans of well crafted 60´s psych/pop songs can´t go wrong.
All of the songs here are written by Sean Robert Chambers except for a cover of J.A´s ´lather´ which sits on the album as if it was the bands own composition. There is a mystical feel to songs such as ´dear Mrs. Somerset','Wicken Fen´ and ´somewhere upon Worlebury Hill'; however the 60´s psyche influence comes to the fore on 'Faroe Smiles´ with it´s backward guitar solo and also on the extended guitar freakout of 'We Walk The Wheel'. All in all an excellent debut, and one which will make me watch out for more from the band in the future.
- 80´s to 00´s Psychedelic Rock Albums. ´talking Trees´ is a wonderful example of an album that seamlessly straddles several genres, assimilates its influences and knowingly throws back something very much of it´s own making. 5/5
I sometimes find it truly baffling that we live in an age where music as a media has to conform to the lowest common denominator. Why have I not heard of this band? This album deserves to be a No:1, yet I fear i´ve just contradicted myself. 10 out of 10. This record easily holds it´s head up alongside Sgt.Pepper and Piper at the Gates of Dawn, yet retains it´s individuality. Buy it.NOW!!!
This just so happens to be one of those albums that comes along so rarely these days-a full hours worth of strong melodies and intelligent lyrics.The Jefferson Airplane cover of "Lather" is quite simply breathtaking.The Byrds type harmonies and Rickenbacker 12 string do not detract from the fact that this is basically an extremely well crafted and constructed"Brit/psyche"album.Personal favourites"Steel Plastic Centipede",and the beautifully Mellotron laden"Music of the Spheres". 9 out of 10...BUY IT!!!