Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Seed To Tree - Seed To Tree EP

EP review by kev@thesoundofconfusion.co.uk

One of only a small number of bands we've covered who hail from Luxembourg, Seed To Tree have been in existence since 2010 and the music they make isn't wildly different to that of many UK or North American bands. Their new EP 'Regrets' deals in indie-folk and they do this to a notable level, although there's unlikely to be much here that will amaze you. Sound-wise it's fairly routine and the songs are good and well made rather than great and stunningly produced. Opener 'Pine Cone' perhaps tells you all you need to know about their style: it's semi-acoustic alt-rock made with a traditional band format, although the fact that a pine cone is so significant ("a pine cone gave me strength... a pine cone was my signpost") is a little hard to understand.

Musically the other four songs tread the same path and make for a pleasant listen. Lyrically there's the odd cliche or perhaps overly simplistic lyric, for example "politicians don't care about the situation, they never keep their promises" would have the likes of Billy Bragg or Nicky Wire cringing, but the song is still an easy, non-offensive listen, and maybe that's their problem. If Seed To Tree pushed themselves and really got involved in the politics that they attempt to deal with it might have a positive effect on their music, pushing them on to greater things. 'Broken Down' is nice enough and slightly more rousing, so is 'What Would You Do?' but you long for something more inspired. Seed To Tree aren't a bad band, but with a touch more hunger about them they'd have the ability to get even better.

Seed To Tree's website

Buy the EP

Catch them live:

EarGarden festival Sat, Sep 14, Sandweiler, Luxembourg

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