Treetop Flyers - Palomino

PALOMINO (2016)


★★★★
Q

★★★★
MOJO

★★★★
AAA MUSIC

“harmonies tighter than tight and a full, big sound that feels greater than the sum of its parts. Both honest and brave, Palomino must be shared.”
AESTHETICA

“a fittingly great-sounding record, with the band magically tight and melodically assured as they play songs bathed in an evocative ’70s West Coast glow, while drawing on influences including outlaw country, soul and Nigerian psych”
★★★★
UNCUT

“drawing effortlessly on late 1960s/ early 1970s Californian pop, with a big dollop of Fleet Foxes-style textures for good measure.”
★★★★
SUNDAY EXPRESS

“from its first to the last moments, this is a work imbued with brilliance.”
THE FLANEUR

“’Palomino’ is layered in folk-rock textures, recalling that Laurel Canyon sound yet with a defiantly modern twist.”
CLASH

“their cracking tunes, instrumental excellence and sneaky, silk spun harmonies spell class”
★★★★
DAILY MIRROR

“a joyful blast of 1960s West Coast rock”
★★★★
GUITAR & BASS MAGAZINE

“it’s those wonderfully tight vocal harmonies that really set Treetop Flyers apart. Whether it’s the driving refrain of the final track Wild Winds, or the tidal wave swell of It’s A Shame’s chorus, they are rarely less than sublime.”
★★★★
MUSIC OMH

“a strident slice of 70s infused rock-pop that blows a refreshing hurricane through the turgid multitude of introspective singer songwriters and image hungry pop stars”
★★★★
MUSIC-NEWS

“Treetop Flyers have emerged from the depths of despair to release almost an hour’s worth of some of the strongest music in recent memory… simply brilliant… Seductive music in the best sense, riffs take hold in your consciousness and don’t let go… Procure this disc immediately!”
FOR FOLKS SAKE

“a band who really should be headlining festivals and arenas throughout the world”
A MUSICAL PRIORITY

“The riffs are consistently invigorating, the melodies lavishly seductive, and the vocals so persuasive – A warm, deeply personal album with a heart full of soul.”
GOD IS IN THE TV

“blending folk influences, that Laurel Canyon sound, with some of their most visceral songwriting to date.”
CLASH

“a modern day classic”
NE:MM

“It is lilting and like a warming 60s-infused melting pot with poetic lyrics and stand-out tracks such as You, Darling You, Lady Luck and 31 Years. The Treetops are set to fly.
★★★★
XS NOIZE

“passionate and powerful, with vocals that are both folksy and honest, and soulful and true…. Let’s not dwell on greatness, let’s look at when the album tipples over into the sublime. Three times to be precise.”
LIVE 4 EVER

Dance Through The Night is a fantastic tune and a phenomenal way to return… For a track that boasts six minutes it has all of the pop accessibility and satisfaction of a quick two minute moment of lust. Absolutely superb…”
EXPLODING HEAD SYNDROME

“a crafted collection of gorgeous guitar songs silver sealed with a voice mainlined straight to the heart”
★★★★
NARC.

“[Dance Through The Night] might only be a single but there are more ideas here and more hidden corners to explore than most albums”
LISTEN WITH MONGER

“In all its glory, PALOMINO is a dreamy rock tinged record with its alt edges and soulful centre. It mixes venom with style and announces the return of Treetop Flyers as a cutting edge band resonating well in Americana, rock, indie and alternative circles.”
THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH

“…emerging triumphant with an absolute gem of an album taking in the best of roots, rock and soul for a sensational return.”
RHYTHM & BOOZE

“A successful attempt to fuse together some of the greatest genres of the 20th century”
WE ARE UNSEEN

“a powerful album real and full of true human emotion”

★★★★
CULTURED VULTURES

“In a way you’ve got to feel for Treetop Flyers, when your second album is as strong, perfect and diverse as this, where can you go next?”

PENNYBLACK MUSIC
“Ultimately ‘Palomino’ is one of those albums that is so musically rich it’s almost pointless writing about it. It needs to be heard. It covers all aspects of music throughout the last five decades. There are lashings of soul mixed in with the band’s Americana leanings. There is a popiness to some of the songs that instantly makes them appealing before repeated plays throw up barely hidden depths, and the playing and singing are simply some of the best you’ll likely to hear.”
PENNYBLACK MUSIC

LIVE


“Simply put, they are just terrific live …the Flyers cruised so gracefully through their blissful, bewilderingly tight set that it is somewhat puzzling as to why the band are not household names already. If Jools Holland doesn’t try to book them for his Hootenanny this year – or, at least, an episode of Later – then he is a fool.”
GOD IS IN THE TV

“Upbeat and radiating human warmth and a touch of insanity, this is addictive stuff. And we are hooked.”
OXFORD MAIL 

“Treetop Flyers possess an inspirational front person in Reid Morrison who injects a deeply moving soulful streak into his vocals to aid the depth of sincerity in their songs.”
“The evidence on show tonight is that these five guys are going to be a force to be reckoned with”
THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH


THE MOUNTAIN MOVES (2013)


“…effortlessly captures the spirit of late-1960s west coast pop-rock: the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. British influences can be heard: there are hints of the Faces’ or the Rolling Stones’ swagger in Laurie Sherman’s classic-rock guitar licks, and sublime opener Things Will Change dips into 1980s winsome indie”

★★★★
THE GUARDIAN

“Treetop Flyers are in it for the long haul.”
MOJO

“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 MAGAZINE

“(Treetop Flyers) share with Midlake custody of a brood of Buckingham/Nicks-era Fleetwood Mac licks, likewise the Mac’s mood of unrequited yearning. More, please”
★★★★
Q

“The Mountain Moves reimagines the golden age knowingly but not slavishly…displays the earthy smoothness of the original America line-up.”
UNCUT

“The album is a thrill, delivering unexpected updates on its vintage influences. More soul than folk and more rock than country, The Mountain Moves is an idyllic debut from a band that has traced its own lively arc through the So-Cal ’70s.”
PASTE MAGAZINE

“The Mountain Moves is a subdued classic”
THE TIMES

“Watch this band fly far beyond the treetops.”
★★★★
THE SUN

“Tuneful late-’60s Laurel Canyon vibe”
WALL STREET JOURNAL

★★★★
ROLLING STONE FRANCE

“From start to finish this album is a masterpiece. It is like a well-oiled machine, it works perfectly and flows effortlessly”
MUSIC NEWS

“This is a really strong debut that in channelling the greats becomes great in its own way too.”
★★★★
INDIE LONDON

“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.”
★★★★
AMERICANA UK

“Folk-rock that references acts from Stephen Stills to Simon & Garfunkel.”
BILLBOARD

“An album that oozes quality, demands repeated listens, and almost certainly signals the emergence of a major new talent.”
★★★★★
GET READY TO ROCK

“It’s surely only a matter of time before mainstream recognition beckons” 7/10
PRESS ASSOCIATION

“Its slimmed down harmonies and detailed instrumentation makes this a sweet, relaxing pleasure”
PENNYBLACK MUSIC

“Soulful, harmony-laden folk-rock”
GLIDE MAGAZINE

“Marks a somewhat welcome return to the classic side of folk-rock.” 7/10
FAKE DIY

“Jangly, bright guitars, sweet harmonies and uber melodic songs”
WXPN

PALOMINO (2016)

THE MOUNTAIN MOVES (2013)

Photos by Sam Ford. Click individual images to download hi-res version

LABEL: Loose


PRESS
UK: Jay Taylor | Prescription PR
GSA: Rita Rommerskirchen | Rough Trade Germany
SCANDINAVIA: Håkan Olsson | Rootsy


RADIO
UK: Kevin | K Promotions
GSA: Rita Rommerskirchen | Rough Trade Germany


BOOKING
UK/EUR: Colin Keenan | ATC Live

COMING SOON

For Treetop Flyers, the last few years have been a case of needing to fall apart, in order to rebuild, and come back stronger. Two and a half years on from their acclaimed debut album ‘The Mountain Moves’, fate showed its macabre sense of humour in dramatically shifting the ground beneath the London five-piece. The grief for lost parents, broken marriages, the near-death of a close friend, the departure of long-time bassist Matthew Starritt, the loss of numerous behind-the-scenes personnel (as well as an accountancy bill that they say “would make the government weep”) led to a prolonged period of upheaval and an unsettled and anxious camp. It was perhaps natural that Palomino was to become an honest, raw, and reflective record. As vocalist / guitarist Reid Morrison puts it; We’d been through a lot individually and collectively. Coming together to make this record was very therapeutic for us, in a sense. It brought us closer and allowed us to let go of a lot of the bullshit that we’d had to endure and negotiate in the past.”

With an out-of-sorts band slowly coming to terms with their own situations, self-reliance and a gang mentality showed itself to be the route ahead. Locking themselves away at their own Soup Studios in London, self-producing along with the help of some friends – and then mixed by Jonathan Wilson (Father John Misty, Conor Oberst, Elvis Costello) – their new outlook was to embrace the unknown, and begin experimenting. New synths, new pedals and new techniques helped them to unravel their own sound, as well as conceptions of the classic qualities laid down by their forebears, ultimately uniting them with a purposely accentuated groove and unfathomably tight vocal harmonies – all threaded together by Reid’s own soulful melancholy. Treetop Flyers are a fluid band, affected by, and absorbing everything, for better or worse. Drummer / vocalist Tomer Danan says; “It was important for us to free ourselves from some of the ideas we had about ourselves and maybe a bit of what people seemed to think about us from an outside perspective, which was largely based on one song, letting in more of our influences from 70’s Nigerian psych rock/pop to jazz and a whole lot in between. How that all gets filtered through us as individuals and as a group is what you are hearing, and that’s still changing all the time.”

In 2015, after everything, instead of uncovering a lost and haphazard band, their caution-to-the-wind experimentalism sees a group dragging themselves to their feet once more. Sticking together extended far beyond just getting in a room and recording. Palomino is a wholly collaborative affair – no single songwriter is solely credited on any of the record – and you sense it had to be this way. Setting the tone for the album, opener ‘You, Darling You’ is a reflection on the old saying “sometimes loving someone means letting them go”. In this case it’s over a failed marriage, but the record picks up on some of the themes of death and departure that made up The Mountain Moves. It’s a subject the band still find, understandably, difficult to shake, as Palomino flirts with many ideas of finality. 31 Years tracks a goodbye to a friend who passed away during the recording of their debut, and St Andrew’s Cross is a lament to the passing of Reid’s father, used almost in therapy by the band as a way to reconcile the past and the unknown ahead, all at once. Interestingly, it’s the band’s own smart production (as well as tracks like Dance Through The Night and Falling Back) that injects real life into Palomino. Hope permeates above all else, which is nothing less than they should allow themselves after everything they’ve been through. Treetop Flyers emerge triumphant from the most turbulent of times.