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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 swapped urban England for the picturesque beaches and rolling hills of Malibu in order to record the classic sounding The Mountain Moves.
Paying their dues to everyone from The Band and Neil Young by way of Little Feat and Fleetwood Mac, there are also gracious nods towards the more contemporary likes of My Morning Jacket, The Coral and Jonathan Wilson wrapped up in 11 time-travelling tracks.
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. In order to get gigs, the band recorded a demo, which became their acclaimed debut EP, ‘To Bury The Past’. On the back of the EP release and their swiftly honed, commanding live show, they went on to win the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition.
“Debut album ‘The Mountain Moves’ is chock full of lush harmonies, warm arrangements and billowing acoustic guitars as fresh as a breeze looming in from San Francisco harbour.” – Clash
“Sounding fresh, vibrant and full of great innovative ideas, they allow a host of influences, both of particular acts and songs merge with their own music.” – 8/10, Americana UK
Watch the video for ‘Things Will Change’ below: