It’s the dawn of a new day. The sun is but a few minutes from rising and you’re immersed in a feeling like you’ve got the entire world to yourself while everyone else is still fast asleep. You walk to the beach from your favourite getaway (perhaps a welcoming family cottage) and proceed to walk down to its shores. Removing your socks and shoes, you sit with your feet in the wet sand as the gentle waves wash up to greet your toes. The feeling is complimented by the cool morning breeze while it graces your face. At this point, no problem in the world seems to exist and you’re locked into a moment of absolute peace. Transform those notions into sound and you’ve become part of Psalm Trees’s deep, transcendental experience.
“Standing in a field, let the air push back my hair, close my eyes – now I don’t wanna leave here”
– Psalm Trees (from “Belong Here, Spirit Far Away”)
Psalm Trees is a London-based 4-piece comprised of Shawn Durant (vocals and guitar), Derek Durant (keyboards), Nick Kent (drums) and Joseph Flynn (bass) and their sound is nothing short of remarkable. They’ve performed at some of London’s most prestigious landmarks, such as Aeolian Hall and London Music Club, while having released three albums thus far: Early Recordings and Reverb (an instrumental album) in 2016, along with Belong Here, released just last week.
All three chapters present a different, self-defining atmosphere. Each offers a unique feel and range, yet it isn’t divergent from the essence Psalm Tree’s has crafted for themselves. It’s to say the characteristics which make them so unique remains consistent all throughout. Shawn’s lyrics and Neil Young-esque voice, along with the mosaic of peaceful and soothing musical arrangements, act as a vessel which transports the listener to a serene soundscape you can almost imagine. It’s sincere and uplifting, organic and rich. The sound is both dense but light, as though one could reach out, touch it and let it interact with your senses like a gentle gust of refreshing wind on a warm summer’s day.
Their third album, Belong Here, released on June 29, is no exception to their previous releases in the sense that it conveys a recognizable tone akin to Early Recordings. This time around, however, the sound is more fluid and nomadic, like a journey into the soul lent with a sense of safety and security that you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for. The addition of local musicians Molly Roach (electric guitar, electric guitar arrangements), Nick Grimshaw (flute and clarinet) and Cameron Black (backing vocals) help create a more dynamic listen in the way that each musician contributes their own touch while still preserving Psalm Trees’s signature sound and the album’s overarching atmosphere.
Psalm Trees will be doing lots of work to promote their new album. Why not show some support and help them out by following Psalm Trees on social media:
Facebook – www.facebook.com/psalmtreesmusic/
Instagram – www.instagram.com/psalm_trees_band/
Bandcamp – www.psalmtrees.bandcamp.com/
Website – www.psalmtrees.ca