Thursday, December 28, 2006

"The Tree People" 1979

Aquarius Records:
Not to be confused with Doug Martsch's amazing nineties outfit, the Treepeople, -these- Tree People are equally amazing, but are a whole different proposition.
This disc was originally released as a super limited lp way back in 1979 and managed to quietly disappear. Now, here we are nearly three decades later, and whattaya know? There's a whole movement of modern free folk, 'freak' folk and the like, and if you didn't know better, pretty sure we could pass this off as some strange super limited cd-r by some modern folk revivalists. But keen ears would certainly be able to tell. This is so entirely original (especially for the time) and genuine sounding. Mostly acoustic guitars, flute and vocals, the Tree People had two distinct sounds, the first, a lilting melancholy moonlit folk, like Cat Stevens or Van Morrison, a gorgeous lazy drawl, rich and lustrous, over simple folk and fluttering flutes, dreamy and gorgeous, sounding like some lost folk classic one minute, a strange "Girl From Ipanema" style shuffle the next. But even at it's sweetest and softest, the record seems to always have a hint of melancholy, sometimes even a trace of ominous foreboding. Which definitely gives the songs a subtly dark undercurrent. The majority of the record however is spent in full on hippy jam mode. Very Comus-like at times (especially on track two, "Sliding"), wild steel string excursions, dense tangles of fingerpicked melodies and aggressive strummed riffs, with a definite raga like vibe, all over a smattering of hand drums and tablas, a glorious drifting buzzing steel string dronefolk, that just sounds so incredibly timeless. Elsewhere, the same jams evolve into more tranquil acoustic dreaminess, with the flutes floating over sweet lilting melodies, but even then, the songs will be peppered with sudden bursts of buzzing slide guitar, or brief squalls of atonal fingerpicking. SO cool. And considering the current love of all things freaky and folky, it's sort of amazing that stuff like this was already being made 27 years ago!
Obviously, fans of the current crop of modern folk troubadours will find this absolutely essential, Devandra, Vetiver, Espers, Newsom, whatever your particular poison, the Tree People will fit in frighteningly well. Hard to say whether it speaks to the prescience of the Tree People, or just to how much these modern bands have actually been 'borrowing'. Either way, this is absolutely essential.
Packaged in a super deluxe Japanese miniature gatefold style cd sleeve, with a printed obi, and extensive liner notes in English and Japanese!

Stephen Cohen: guitar, voice
Jeff Stier: percussion, recorder
Rachel Lademan: flute
James Thornbury: bass

For more about The Tree People, check Stephen Cohen's own blog:
"The Tree People chronicles"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice blog!

Here are some good albums I uploaded for other folks, many of them very rare:

Lennie Tristano - Descent into the Maelstrom

Don Cherry - Eternal Rhythm

Sun Ra - Outer Spaceways Incorporated

Sun Ra - Strange Strings

Jon Hassell - Vernal Equinox

Jon Hassell - Aka-Dabari-Java

Jon Hassell - Dream Theory in Malaya

Hash Jar Tempo - Well Oiled

Hash Jar Tempo - Under Glass

Amon Duul II - Phallus Dei

David Thomas - Monster Walks the Winter Lake

David Thomas - The Sound of Sand

David Thomas - Variations on a Theme

Dirty Three - Dirty Three

Dirty Three - Ocean Songs

Dirty Three - Whatever You Love You Are

Dirty Three - Horse Stories

Tortoise - Millions Now Living Will Never Die

Tortoise - TNT

Unrest - Imperial f.f.r.r.

Sir Lord Baltimore - Kingdom Come

Vampire Rodents - Lullaby Land

Rip Rig & Panic - God

Arvo Part - Tabula Rasa

This Heat - This Heat

Mission of Burma - Vs.

Dinosaur Jr. - You're Living All Over Me

Minutemen - Double Nickels on a Dime

Philip Glass - Einstein on the Beach

Henry Cow - Concerts

Robert Wyatt - The End of an Ear

Robert Wyatt - Shleep

Robert Wyatt - Rock Bottom

Robert Wyatt - Dondestan (Revisited)

Diamanda Galas - The Litanies of Satan

Faust - Faust Wakes Nosferatu

Gomorrha - I Turned to See Whose Voice It Was

Epsilon - Epsilon

German Oak - German Oak

LA Dusseldorf - LA Dusseldorf

LA Dusseldorf - Viva

Nektar - A Tab In The Ocean

Nirvana - Bleach

Popol Vuh - Hosianna Mantra

Klaus Schulze - Cyborg

Klaus Schulze - In Blue

M83 - Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts

Orbital - Brown Album

Ministry - The Land of Rape and Honey

Bob Dylan - Modern Times

Faust - Faust

Killing Joke - Killing Joke

The Last Poets - The Last Poets

Soft Machine - Third

The United States of America - The United States of America

Karlheinz Stockhausen - Aus Den Sieben Tagen (7 CD, 320kbps!)

Keiji Haino - New Rap

Keiji Haino - Ama No Gawa (Milky Way)

Keiji Haino - C'est Parfait

Lost Aaraaff - Lost Aaraaff

Sigur Ros - ()

Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced?

Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland

Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds of Fire

King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King

King Crimson - Starless and Bible Black

Explosions in the Sky - The Earth is not a Cold Dead Place

Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures

Spring Heel Jack - Amassed

Spring Heel Jack - Disappeared

Ghost - Hypnotic Underworld

Ghost - Lama Rabi Rabi

28 December, 2006 16:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wondefull, Beautiful LP.
This Blog seems to keep on finding awesome Lp's that i never would of known if not for this blog.

Thank You Thank You


29 December, 2006 05:06  
Anonymous streaker said...


Thanks for this one. It is great. Sounds so fresh and modern. Really great music....

How did you find out about these guys?

16 July, 2007 03:14  
Anonymous streaker said...

Dear Lizardson,

Any possible chance to put up the other Tree People album HUMAN VOICES ?

Sure would love to hear that!

These guys sound better each time I listen....


16 July, 2007 03:33  
Blogger Tobias said...

beautiful.. thank you!!

26 September, 2007 19:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can the person who uploaded all those albums please re-upload the dirty three ones? Particularly the self titled. Or someone. I don't mind. My email is, if anyone decides to upload them. Thanks.

26 June, 2008 00:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Extremely good. Will buy the reissue!!

02 December, 2008 10:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


24 August, 2009 21:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can you repost david thomas monster walks the winter lake link please? thanks

13 September, 2012 17:44  

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