Like their name might indicate, Community Trees promote a collective, rooted sound that reaches out to the endless skies of existentialism. Labeling their music as “Coquitlam Folk,” Community Trees are on the crest of a growing movement of unconventional bands emerging from unconventional rural areas. There isn’t much of this band to be found on internet yet, but the impression I get is of a band that while cultivating a unique perspective through an embarrassment of originality. This portends well for a four-piece folk outfit looking to set themselves apart in the vast indie palimpsest that is the Lower Mainland.
Community Trees are a band that wouldn’t seem at all out of place on the Main Stage at Woodstock in the seventies. While calling them a band of hippies may come across as an oversimplification, it is this sensibility that imbues their music with a sense of nostalgia–a longing for the past while remaining cognizant of the future underscored by faraway vocals and heartbreaking harmonies. “To The Moon” is an eclectic mid-tempo in the vein of an Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros. The entire mixdown sits very slightly reverb heavy, creating a distinct, dreamlike feeling that works to the song’s benefit. There’s something undefinable about Community Trees–I’ve heard these songs before, but never quite in this way. This is a band to watch if ever there was one, and it will be interesting to track their trajectory over the coming years.
Community Trees has a couple shows coming up, the earlier one being on Friday, February 10th at Cafe Deux Soleils. This show is a part of Original Spin’s Music Series which will take place at three locations around Vancouver and showcase a couple dozen bands including Behind Sapphire, Rococode, Free City Collective and, of course, Community Trees. The music series will be running from February 10th to 18th.
Below is Community Trees’ first single “To the Moon”. If you are interested in when they will be coming out with new music like me, then follow them on Twitter or like them on Facebook to keep updated.
Written by Patrick Do, Staff Writer at Fistful of Sound