Talking Trees - "Revolation"
(Wildshine Recordings 2008, W005)
From Aural Innovations #40 (September 2008)
Talking Trees is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Sean Robert Chambers. Heavily influenced by classic British psychedelia such as The Beatles and Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd (though not quite as experimental as Floyd), he produces solid, well-written psychedelic pop songs. Utilizing classic instruments like Hammond organ and Mellotron to embellish the standard guitar, drums, and bass combo, Chambers creates a deliriously vintage sonic time warp that nonetheless has a slightly modern twist to it. I think it comes in his vocal approach. While his music sounds very reminiscent of the classic sunshine pop tunes of the late 60's, his vocals and harmonies have more of an 80's indie pop rock appeal to them. He reminds me a bit at times, in fact, of Robyn Hitchcock, and you can't go wrong with that kind of a sound. All six songs on this EP are upbeat, with lots of layers and refreshing, breezy melodies. Great tunes for a hot summer day!
For more information you can visit the Talking Trees web site at: http://www.talkingtrees.com
Email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald