Calm, melodic ambience meets dark, aggressive progressive rock with the intriguing, intoxicating sound of Michigan duo Tiny Tree.
The two-piece of drummer Paul Jensen and guitarist and vocalist Addison Eiles have honed a big post-rock sound that they succinctly summarise as “confused post-rock.” That’s formed of a perfect combination of laid-back atmopsheric sections answered with brutal replies of aggressive riffing and powerful drums.
They just released debut album Embolism at the start of April, from which they sent us The Other II to get a taste for their sound.
The Other II opens up with a light flickering guitar over light drums that continue as distant vocals creep in. It suddenly kicks into life with a heavier low bending riff over crashing cymbals and big screamed vocals then a lower riff joins in to build the atmosphere. And the riff develops and is joined by light looping lick as the screamed vocals return.
It eventually drops back into the opening light guitar and drums, then gradually builds up with a flickering little lick that builds up to the heavy bending riff. Then big chugging guitar chords and rolling drums bring the track to a heavy end.
And if big riffing is your thing then Riff3r may be the one for you. It opens up with a big booming riff and loads of cymbals that get it off to a delicious heavy start. Vocals come in for a heavy opening verse then drops into a lighter, more atmospheric section of laid-back guitars and layers of cool high-pitched licks.
The album is filled with these delicious combinations of laid-back, mellow atmospheric sections and intense, heavy post-rock. Take, for example, its superb final track Drowning, which may well be our favourite track from a very good album.
We firmly recommend going to give the album a listen and, while doing that, have a read of the chat we had with the guys to find out a little more. Read on below…
GR: Who are Tiny Tree?
TT: “Tiny Tree is Addison Eilers (guitar, vocals) and Paul Jensen (drums, synths). Tiny Tree formed in December 2017 and started playing shows after a week. The album Embolism is our first full length record. Most of our songs come from jam sessions in the studio or even at live performances between songs. “
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
TT: “Our influences cover a wide range from post-rock and post-metal to jazz and electronica.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
TT: “We are all over the place with influences. The song The Other II is about a bad relation and the album name came (Embolism) came from a close call with death. After our spring 2019 tour Addison went into the ER with two pulmonary embolisms, which was quite a scare for us.”
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
TT: “With the current state of the world further touring is on hold till the quarantines are over and some normalcy comes back. People can still pick up physical copies of our record on Bandcamp though to tide them over. We have been writing and we will see what comes from it. We try to never rush or force new songs, it just has to feel right. We hope everyone is staying safe and listening to a lot of great music and if you have a second you let us take you for a spin.”