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The Arborists


Prog Folk

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4 stars I honestly believe that every band shows its talents only in full length albums and that EPs provide only some extra aspects of its music. So when the Arborists decided to release a second single just a couple of months after their debut, it was hard to understand this move. Why not release these two EPs as one full length? I was about to start wining but after pushing the Play button, all complaining doors remained completely shut, for the music itself is once again amazing!

For those unfamiliar with the band's style, the Arborists deliver a unique folk sound. Their music is mainly built upon traditional folk-country roots but there is a deep intellectuality in moods and arrangements. There are classical, jazz and psychedelic elements scattered around and within their songs, there are string and brass instruments that make their sound unpredictable and sometimes there is even a post and cinematic approach in some parts. This open minded collective brings all the above to life with high skilled musicianship and songwriting.

This single consists of two absolutely delightful tracks: ''Silver and stone'' is a typical folk gem the Arborists' style: for three and a half minutes, you'll feel surrounded by this tune's bittersweet melody, the wonderful vocals and the truly warm organic sound. The chorus is a bit bluesy, backing vocals are in the right place and as the song evolves, strings enter at the background, softly supporting and widening the atmosphere. Much more surprises are held in the seven minutes long ''Fox and the hound'', probably my favourite track of both the band's releases. The song's intro lasts for 1,5 minute, guitar melodies are interwoven with piano and there is a wonderful and very discrete upright bass solo. Then time signature changes and the song's main theme steps in, in a surprisingly dark, sad and epic manner at the same time, definitely a dramatic and haunting inspiration. But it is not before the 5th minute, when the Arborists' genius becomes fully understood. I don't want to spoil it for you but the song becomes straight jazz out of nowhere and the incredible saxophone solo can make you rise from your chair. A jaw-dropping part. The song slowly and beautifully returns to the introductory theme, leaving an almost soundtrack-like aftertaste. Truly brilliant.

To conclude with, the Arborists is an excellent band, one of the most interesting in their genre and they surely worth to be discovered. Don't be discouraged if you are not deeply involved with folk music, their music is so sophisticated and original that even prog ears will be rewarded. I impatiently await their first full length as I expect it to be of the same quality and I believe that it may establish the Arborists as a prog folk force. No reasons to wait though, both EPs are wonderful and 'I think- free to download from their Bandcamp page. Well done to Antoine, Alex and the rest of the pack, waiting to feel further amazed by your inspiring music!

4 silver stars.

Aldebaran_Well | 4/5 |


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