Blowing Trees – Blowing Trees
Record Label: Glassnote Records
Release Date: March 18, 2008
Every once in a while, there comes a band that completely redefines a scene as we know it. Blowing Trees is probably not that band. That being said, this was one of the first artists I listened to with their kind of more experimental style. Each song they make is an attempt to make an epic, and unfortunately, some of these attempts don’t work.
The album opens with “Airplane Fixation.” This song is among the album’s more average tracks, though it contains a soaring vocal/instrumental melody. The album continues with “The Day the World Left Me,” which starts with a good acoustic guitar line, and nice harmonies over a textured soundscape. “California Skies” is the album’s first truly memorable song. Unfortunately, it only stands out in a negative way, falling simultaneously under “bad” and “ugly.” Though it has a decent drum and bass introduction, the song quickly grows boring. Thankfully, the song segues directly into “Goblins,” easily a high point of the album. The distorted guitar intro, soaring vocals, and brilliant soundscape created are among the best on the record. “The Anywhere” is another average song. Though all the elements needed for a good song (as stated before) come together well, it fails to create a truly great sound like the track that preceded it. “A Different Time” follows, and its country-tinged tune is definitely a great backdrop for the soaring vocals. “Process” is another album high point, with a catchy chorus of “oh ohs,” great time shifts, and a perfect buildup to a faster tempo. “Running Blind” comes next, with a solid guitar line and upbeat, swirling guitar parts. “Stealing Us Away” has a great acoustic guitar line, and a beautiful, dynamic soundscape. “Goodnight Lungs” has a soft intro, and is wonderfully produced. Unfortunately, the disc closes with two weaker songs, “When the News Hits the Stores,” and “Pass To Carry,” leaving a bitter taste in the listener’s mouth.
This is an overall fairly adequate release from Blowing Trees. The high points of this album are “Goblins,” “Process,” and “Stealing Us Away” and “Goodnight Lungs.” Personally, I cannot wait to see if this band can improve upon their sound in the future.