When I first got sent Tree’s Demons EP, it was about 2am in the morning and I thought I’d have a quick listen before finding out more at a later date, when I wasn’t exhausted. From that moment, one song turned into two and I proceeded to not only listen to this EP, but further explore the rest of his songs on his Soundcloud.
How I hadn’t heard of Tree, I don’t know, but one thing is for sure – I’m glad I finally have heard of him now.
Track 1: Demons (Featuring Beat Culture & Lena Kuhn)
The EP title track Demons (ft. Beat Culture & Lena Kuhn) immediately begins building a great atmosphere, with many ambient sounds providing the foundations of the track. The lyrics are well-written and from my understanding tackle the subject of people fighting their inner-demons and trying to remain true to themselves. With lines like “sometimes it’s easier pretending your someone your not, someone needs to tell you when to stop”, it becomes clear that Tree isn’t afraid to write lyrics about very real matters, something which gives his music an aura of intelligence, rather than just another generic set of lyrics which we get from a lot of artists.
Track 2: Karma Police
After Demons the next track is a cover of Karma Police, originally written by Radiohead. This is an extremely hard track to get right, however, Tree actually manages to add a unique take to the song. His emphasis of certain words brings out the lyrics more than the original, engaging the listener with the meaning of the song more. Tree also adds a rap verse to the song, which I found to be very well implemented, although I didn’t think the lyrics were as good as they could have been in terms of the latter phrasing within the rap. The production quality of Karma Police, as in all of Tree’s other tracks, is very high. However, Tree travelled from the states over to London to record the song, including a full string quartet on the track, as well as Snow Patrol’s drummer Jonny Quinn playing the percussion parts, in addition to many other session musicians, which added another level to the already high production of Tree’s music.
Track 3: Stuck Down The Wrong Rabbit Hole (Featuring Beat Culture & Lena Kuhn)
Stuck Down The Wrong Rabbit Hole (ft. Beat Culture & Lena Kuhn) is the other original track by Tree and friends on this EP, and the level of quality is continued with this composition. Lena Kuhn’s vocals usher in a very surreal feeling of the track, playing on (what I assume to be) reference to the rabbit hole in Alice In Wonderland. Despite the title of the song, the track generally feels very upbeat and fantasy-like, as the waves of synthesisers sweep in, which was a welcome positive vibe given the fact that Demons contained fairly serious subject content.
Overall, the Demons EP is definitely worth a listen. Tree, Beat Culture and Lena Kuhn have all done extremely well on this EP. Tree’s well-written lyrics and the different, slightly abstract production of all the tracks really make them stand out from a lot of other music around. It’s pleasant to hear a refreshingly new sounding EP once in a while, and Demons certainly did that for me.
Although I did really enjoy this EP, I did think it was a little short though (especially considering one of the three songs was a cover) and I would have liked to of heard more. Hopefully Tree and his other collaborators will continue to make more music of this quality, and also not just stick to what has clearly worked on this EP, but keep their sounds refreshingly different. I personally think that Tree is one to watch.
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