The term ‘singer-songwriter’ has long since stopping being a valid term with which to tag a person’s music. instead, it’s become something with which you can mark off someone’s work – predictably, any friend of a friend who describes their tracks in such a manner can be discounted almost in the instant the words have passed their mouth. However, just as it’s unfashionable (and cringe-worthy, frightening and demoralising) to be a boy with a guitar penning odes made up solely of received wisdom, there are those who can take the basic framework and make it into something genuinely interesting.
Comparisons between Bright Eyes and We Are Trees could start and end with the fact that they both have a song called Sunrise Sunset, but the latter is doing something a lot more interesting in guitar based composition than Conor Oberst has done since I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning over 5 years ago. Based in Virginia, the four piece’s music goes against the current grain and puts the vocals at the front of everything they do, taking the carcass of bedroom folk pop and turning it into somewhat of a modern masterpiece, with shades of the more recent garage and beach rock movements in amongst their luscious tunes. Their EP ‘Boyfriend’ was put out free of charge on Bandcamp, but could just as easily have been put out alongside the kindred spirits of Family Trees over on Father/Daughter records.