Four Days Straight – Scattered Trees

4 Aug

Sometimes I can’t help but feel that living in England makes it difficult to find the best of the new offerings from across the pond. Seriously – I hear about ‘new’ music when it’s already out of fashion! Thankfully with Scattered Trees I feel like I’ve found them right on time.

The band was broken up only a year or so ago but following lead singer Nate Eisland’s penning of a series of songs as a tribute to his late father, the band reconvened in Chicago. There they fleshed out the songs and produced their first LP, Sympathy which will be released on August 9th.

Since I’m yet to get a hold of a copy of the album, I thought I’d give somewhat of a preview and admire what we’ve heard so far. Love and Leave is a powerful ballad and he lead single from the album. There is a wonderful sincerity in the song with Eisland’s tender voice and the slow tempo makingfor a somber and powerful song worthy of any romance’s mid-movie crash.

The video is also awesomely weird. Watch below but the story (as according to the band) is that a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, the boys of Scattered Trees capture a princess. Unfortunately, one of them falls in love.

Four Days Straight, the second offering from the album, is delightfully infectious. It’s got a traditional structure, quiet verses and big choruses but it’s still a great listen. I find it oddly inspiring and makes me want to get up and do something instead of blogging. The video is also pretty cool, less wacky but still with some awesome art and a love story.

So Sympathy looks like it could be one of the best. The album could change the genre forever. It’s definitely going to be great and I’m seriously glad that I didn’t miss it. Also go get the free song from their Facebook!

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