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Tree Wave

"Cabana" CDEP

Made Up Records

Genres: shoegazer, experimental pop

Nov 8 - 14 2005

Armed with electronic beats, ethereal female vocals, and a sound program custom-created on a Commodore 64, Tree Wave make electronic-heavy shoegaze/pop music that combines My Bloody Valentine-esque vocals and atmospheres with more modern synthesized rhythms. The combination is really solid, with enjoyable textures and lush but strong melodies. "Sleep" is a particular favourite of mine; its intense beat makes for a lovely contrast with the shoegazey sound. "Same" also has a really powerful, almost monumental sound; it makes me feel like something very important is going on, even if I'm just sitting in my chair clipping my toenails. On this disc, there isn't much to complain about - aside from "Instrumental 1b" coming off as a bit bland, I'm digging the Cabana EP in its entirety. Even the last track, which the listener is told explicitly not to listen to, is intensely mesmerizing. Check out Tree Wave to hear a band with all the makings to become the next hip thing... though its shoegazer tendencies are rooted in the past, the modern touches look confidently ahead. And not only that, this comes with two neat videos and a nifty Commodore 64 synth program that you can use (assuming you have a spare C64 lying around.) Spectacular.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 7 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2004]