Reid Morrison, Sam Beer and Laurie Sherman have come a long way since winning the Glastonbury Festival Emerging Talent Competition back in 2011. Following on from their 2013 debut album, The Mountain Moves (The album effortlessly captures the spirit of late-1960s west coast pop-rock: the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. ~ The Guardian), and its critically acclaimed follow-up, Palomino, three years later Treetop Flyers - now a quintet with the addition of drummer Rupert Shreeve and saxophonist Geoff Thomas Widdowson - return with a pointedly eponymously titled third album that, as such, serves to underscore their musical self-confidence as well as standing as a statement of identity while staying true to their 60s West Coast and psychedelia influences.
This is a band with a new lease of life and a new groove in their step. The soulful melancholy is still bubbling under the surface but their sound feels altogether more triumphant, looking to the future with hope and optimism. This is the assured sound of a band that has grown into itself and with the certainty that it can carry its audience with it and build an even bigger following on the journey.
London can call itself lucky to be the home of the excellent Treetop Flyers. Their mad mixture of both the familiar and the innovative leaves us all in awe, and fans most certainly can't wait to see to what soaring heights the group will be flying next.
If your thing is the 70's West Coast sound then you're in for an absolute treat.
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