In keeping with the current all-conquering psych revival, fans of groovy, right-on trippiness will find plenty to love in Treetop Flyers, as Getintothis’ David Hall reports.
Playing Leaf on April 15 may well feel like a homecoming from home for London-based five-piece Treetop Flyers, given Liverpool’s recent embracing of all things psychedelic.
The band’s sound however feels like it has much more in common with first-wave psychedelia of the late 60’s and early 70’s than with any recent revival. Evidence of this can be found on latest single Dance Through the Night, which precedes new album Palomino.
Some sturdy bluesy moments on the track ensure everything doesn’t fall into one big Syd Barrett-shaped hole, and psych-folk fans should find plenty to love both here and also on the more immediate Palomino cut 31 Years.
The release of Palomino on March 11 bookends a turbulent time for the band, both personally and financially, since we last heard from them on 2013 debut The Mountain Moves.
Although they will be grateful for new fans who have hopped on board informed by the current revival, Treetop Flyers have been ploughing this kitsch furrow long before the psychedelic sound circled back into acceptance. There is a retro, post-British invasion feel to Treetop Flyers, reminiscent of obscure RnB vinyl, and providing a fuggy dose of psych-blues in the vein of Cream or Procol Harum.
They feel undiscovered and agreeably vintage, and are looking with their new tour and releases to build success in the face of adversity, rebuilding in order to come back stronger.
Treetop Flyers will play Leaf Tea Shop on Friday, April 15 with support TBC.