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THE ARBORISTS

Prog Folk • Canada


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The Arborists are a folk oriented collaborative based in Montreal, with members spanning the US-Canada border. Their sound is organic and dreamy yet centered and rooted as befits their name. They have released 2 digital EPs and the members are active in a variety of musical pursuits.

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3.33 | 2 ratings
A Place for you to Run Away
2014
4.00 | 1 ratings
Silver and Stone/Fox and the Hound
2014

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 A Place for you to Run Away by ARBORISTS, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2014
3.33 | 2 ratings

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A Place for you to Run Away
The Arborists Prog Folk

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

3 stars I would love to know if this band under a different name would still inspire me to go hug a tree, but I suppose the point is moot. The ARBORISTS opt for psych tilted ponderous folk with fully loaded references to and reverence for Mother Earth. The 6 tracks are all on the mellow side with understated vocals and acoustic guitar, along with cello, but brassiness in a couple of the pieces helps give the listener a second wind.

The EP opens eerily on the chanted "intro", an arrestingly lovely brief piece, which flows into "Grove of the Patriarchs", reminiscent of the more folk oriented early MOODY BLUES tracks, particularly in the acoustic guitar style. Pleasant enough, it's actually one of the more conventional songs here. "the Miller and the Painted Lady is an improvement, mostly due to the imagery conveyed by the lengthy clarinet solo. "Change" is the centerpiece and succeeds in elevating the entire production: mesmerizing, shape shifting and melodramatic, it embodies the progressive and pagan spirits, a yin with maybe the second cousin of yang in an embrace too lustful for closer relations. The EP then takes a turn back to relative normalcy for the last two tracks, the closer "Front Porch" being the better, chiefly for the sax accompaniment on the vocals and the more upbeat final two minutes of emotive voice and fiddle passages.

If the ARBORISTS were testing the proverbial waters on this abbreviated Gaian paean, I think we can pronounce "Mission Accomplished", although I wouldn't suggest you run away to get there. Rather, walk meditatively through the old growth forest under the waxing gibbous moon till it finds you. That is nature's way.

 Silver and Stone/Fox and the Hound by ARBORISTS, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2014
4.00 | 1 ratings

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The Arborists Prog Folk

Review by Aldebaran_Well

— First review of this album —
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.

 A Place for you to Run Away by ARBORISTS, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2014
3.33 | 2 ratings

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The Arborists Prog Folk

Review by Aldebaran_Well

4 stars The Arborists found their way to the Archives when I was about to suggest them, so, yes, I am thrilled about it-and I believe they will be pleased too. I am happy to write a few words about the wonderful band The Arborists truly is.

I like folk music but I usually do not get overexcited about it. Still, this Montreal based group, is a different case. "A place for you to run away" is their debut ep and it was released in the summer of 2014, making it one of the year's very pleasant surprises. The band's heart and core in this release is Alex Bedard (cello, vocals), Alex Cherney (multi instrumentalist, vocals) and Antoine Martel (guitar, vocals) but several good musicians are gathered around them, making the whole project feel like an artistic collective - or, I'd rather say, like a bunch of highly talented, good friends. Now, what makes The Arborists stand out from the rest folk bands? First of all, excellent songwriting, which at the end of the day is the only thing that really matters. Their songs are composed and performed like folk veterans would do, not like some guys debuting. Furthermore, all band members are singers and their voices are truly amazing. Lastly, the use of instrumentation is challenging and a bit experimental, widening their music's horizons and making them sound quite different and fresher than most bands of their genre. Are they prog? Actually no, there is a strong sense of intellectuality in their music though, a subconscious, discrete flirt with other styles (classical, jazz, rock and cinematic elements are well put here and there) and their playing skills reveal well educated musicians that intend to perform far more things than the basics. It seems that The Arborists achieve a great artistic balance, musically and spiritually.

This ep consists of 6 tracks and it has a running time of 27 minutes - enough time for the band to unravel some of its virtues. The 2 minutes long intro is a slow, dramatic and, somehow, epic tune that can instantly catch your imagination. I would certainly put that in a movie, with shots of a colourful spring's dawn. ''The grove of the patriarch'' then steps in, setting the pace with a traditional folk beat. You will immediately feel seduced by the warm, organic sound and the richness of the arrangement but it's the singers who steal the show, with the deep, beautiful tones and colors of their voices. Next is '' The miller and the painted lady '', holding the first real surprises and I have to admit that this is my favorite track. The song is structured around a Radiohead-like guitar melody and it features a grieving vocal performance (with incredible harmonies), while the upright bass is stunningly adding color. Then, at the middle of the song, time signature changes, rhythm section becomes technical and jazzy and the clarinet appears with a fantastic jazz noir style solo. Now, you don't listen to solos with chromatic scales in ordinary folk bands, do you? Absolutely a gem of a song and I have to be honest: this is the musical direction I dream about the future of The Arborists. A jazz folk hybrid delivered in such sensitivity. ''Change'' is next, it begins with an atmospheric intro with harmonics and goes on in a powerful groove but before the song ends, there's a part with a (bit operatic) vocal line, an intense narration and a simple piano, as if it is straightly taken out of a soundtrack. Brilliant. ''Afterglow'' that follows is another bittersweet tune, led by female vocals (and a great choir bridge, unfortunately shortly lasting) but strongly supported by every percussion and string instrument involved. Final track is the 6 minutes long ''Front porch''. The tempo is very slow, almost hypnotizing but tension is progressively built until the final bursting, sounding energetic almost in a rock manner. For some unexplained reason, in the beginning it kind of reminded me of the acoustic side of Devin Townsend's ''Terria''. No sound relation, probably the same Americana influences - or perhaps the same Canadian air?

The artwork is beautiful and quite romantic - wonderful hand paintings that perfectly suit the colorful nature of the music. The band obviously pays a lot of attention to the lyrics too (hats off for that) and every song has a poetic character of its own. Music, words and art combined, deliver the musical and spiritual balance I mentioned before. And it's great to see young people solidly tracing on their traditional roots, while maintaining a modern, innovative view on things.

Conclusion: The Arborists debut ep is good beyond expectation. While it will be enjoyable for the Fleet Foxes fan, it can also offer delight to the progsters, especially those who search for trippy but down to earth music that is natural and poetic. For me, The Arborists have many things in common with artists like Eddie Vedder or Simon & Garfunkel - in a more artistic way of course. They awake feelings of intimacy, of friendship, of sadness and sweetness, all delivered through crystal music and angelic voices. I am now extremely curious whether a full length would carry the same success. I believe that there is space for even more style enrichment and I beg them to walk further into that path. They are talented, they are true and devoted, so I guess they will succeed in whatever they choose.

''A place for you to run away'' is free to download on Bandcamp so, you really should give it a try. You have nothing to lose and possibly a lot to gain. Personally, listening to it makes me feel like I' m meeting a good, old friend, drinking a glass of good wine, laughing and reminiscing.

82/100 4 pagan stars!

Thanks to kenethlevine for the artist addition.

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