Treetop Flyers – The Mountain Moves [album review]

by Woody on July 8, 2013


A few years back we got an email from Tomer of the Treetop Flyers that led to this post on their EP. Well it turns out that Partisan Records was also quite excited about the EP as they snapped them up to join their impressive cast of acts. And this past June saw them release their debut LP for Partisan, The Mountain Moves.

Nothing much has changed in their style over the last three years. The melodies and harmonies are still on point but everything just sounds bigger and better. Fronted by Reid Morrison’s timeless and soulful vocals, the 11 tunes suck you in for 47 minute blast of Laurel Canyon rock and roll. A favorite of my daughter Rosie, is Rose Is In The Garden. A yearning ballad in which Morrison sings, (“come on, will you dance with me”). A question my Rosie always answers yes to in emphatic fashion.

My favorite tends to be Haunted House, clocking in at nearly seven minutes. It is at the midpoint of the album and acts as the anchor. The song is full of twists and turns, ups and downs and has some phenomenal guitar work by Laurie Sherman and Sam Beer. It is what Ha Ha Tonka would sound like if they stretched their tunes out for seven minutes.

The London-based quintet made their way to Malibu to record this album and they made good use of their time. They are supposed to be heading over here for some extensive touring of the good ol US of A. In the meantime, download The Mountain Moves to bide your time.

Photo courtesy of Nicole Fara Silver. You can find her here and on twitter at @nicolefara

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