Partisan Records is excited to share Treetop Flyers’ debut record, The Mountain Moves, which is out today! The album, streaming via The Conan O’Brien Show’s Team Coco website, has received extensive praise, with
The Guardian highlighting, “singer Reid Morrison, a melancholy soul man…. catapults these songs into the ether and should take his band a long way.” Clash Magazine heralded, “Their debut record is a truly wonderful thing, a perfect Polaroid of soulful folk. It’s music for an imagined American road trip; care worn, dog-eared songs that eat you up, a salve for modern living,” while CMT loved their “sun-dappled harmonies, classic rock guitars and country-rock shuffle.” Simply put by MOJO, “The Flyers are in it for the long haul.”
With their quintessential vintage West Coast sound, it’s fitting that Treetop Flyers laid down their outstanding country soul debut in the canyons of Southern California. Though based in London, the British five-piece – Reid Morrison (vocals/guitars), Sam Beer (guitar/vocals), Laurie Sherman (guitar), Mathew Starritt (bass/vocals) and the band’s lone American Tomer Danan (drums/vocals) – swapped urban England for the picturesque beaches and rolling hills of Malibu in order to record the classic sounding The Mountain Moves.
Before Treetop Flyers got together in 2009, all five band members were entrenched in the West London scene, gigging locally in different acts, watching the likes of Adele, Florence Welch, Laura Marling, Mumford and Sons, Noah and the Whale, and Jamie T rocket to the top of the charts. Treetop Flyers became a serious proposition not long after they booked a rehearsal room in Shepherds Bush for a no-pressure jam session. From then on the band’s fate as a dreamy, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young style Americana act was sealed.
Opening with the driving “Things Will Change” – the message of which is “things are shit sometimes, but they’ll be alright in the end” – the powerful pace of The Mountain Moves doesn’t let up for the faultless classic rock of “Houses Are Burning” or the Northern Soul leaning “Picture Show.” “Waiting On You” is hope-laden tribute to Reid’s late father, which was recorded six months to the day since he passed away. With its cries of being “stuck down in a nowhere town,” “Postcards” is a Stax inspired doo-wop shuffler of a song about the time the band spent in Denver on their way to LA.
The Mountain Moves is a record of hope, honesty and huge choruses, its universally reaching songs strewn with warm harmonies, propelled by an irrefutable open-highway groove. Paying their dues to everyone from The Band and Neil Young by way of Little Feat and Fleetwood Mac, there are also nods towards the more contemporary likes of My Morning Jacket, Band Of Horses, and Jonathan Wilson wrapped up in this stunning debut.
US Tour Dates:
6/26 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge (tickets)
6/27 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands (tickets)
1. Things Will Change
2. Houses Are Burning
3. Waiting On You
4. Rose Is In The Yard
5.She’s Gotta Run
6. Haunted House
8. Making Time
9. Picture Show
10. Storm Will Pass
11. Is It All Worth It