If These Trees Could Talk
If These Trees Could Talk


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by Rick Marson USER (2 Reviews)
January 5th, 2010 | 15 replies | 7,956 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This EP should be regarded as a one of the stronger Post-Rock efforts of the last couple of years, combining emotion with healthy dose power If These Trees Could Talk are one of the best Post-Rock bands I have heard to date.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Listening to a lot of Post-Rock it is very easy to drop most bands into a melodic, chill-out category. Although most Post-Rock bands do have their moments in which you are truly blown away by the amazingly beautiful sounds they create, i am yet to find a band since If These Trees Could Talk that can amaze me throughout an entire EP. The EP can be seen as a singular song broken into tracks and many songs lead into each other and share similar themes. This EP must be listened to as an entire collection otherwise the beauty can be lost with the tracks being mixed.

Combining the eclectic guitar melodies from the bands 3 guitarists gives you 6 songs of pure awe. Each track contains elegantly crafted slow, melodic riffs mixed with epic crescendoes into powerful and emotional sections that leave you completely gobsmacked by their innocence and simplicity. The band also varies its approach to Post-Rock mid song by changing from slow build ups to quick thrusts into faster more powerful riffs. This variance sets If These Trees Could Talk apart from most Post-Rock bands as they usually maintain a singular approach to their build ups.

Malabar Front-8:04
Begins as most Post-Rock does with sampling of sounds, but this is quickly passed into a slow guitar riff. The second and third guitar then join creating a multi-layered texture which is complimented by some light drumming. The guitars stop and the drums kick into a solid beat. The guitars begin to layer themselves again using various effects before tremolo picking into the first build up. Various solo's and guitar melodies follow before returning to the solid drum beat. As the song continues you begin to crave the crescendo. It evokes so much emotion in such a short space it becomes a necessity. This song is a forerunner of the Post-Rock genre and should be treated as such.

Smoke Stacks-6:24
Smoke Stacks ties in with the end of Malabar, as does much of the EP with its previous song, Its a very similar overall sound to the first track but acts as more a continuation rather than a copy. The power of the build ups in this song are greater than that of Malabar Front because they are met with a pause rather than a long build up. This song also features a stronger guitar effort than most tracks on the EP.
The end of the song shows great contrast between riffs going from melodic to heavy over and over before finishing with a slightly heavier Post-Metal feel.

The Friscalating Dusklight-4:32
Begins as a very happy track, positive melodies are met with a deep bass tone. You become immersed in this before a abrupt drop-out and a slow build up from all instruments. You find yourself waiting for this riff to come but the build is very patient, and then it hits only just for a moment then returns to the build up. This pattern repeats for sometime before changing the songs direction completely into a slow chordal progression and then into possibly the most epic riff of the album. The song then slows down ending with the same build up as before into Signal Tree

Signal Tree-5:24
Continues much of what Friscalating began. The song really finds its own around the 1:15 mark when it shows its own kick. The counter-melodies that follow, magnify much of the previous few tracks with returning themes and ideas. After this point the song serves as a long build into its ending which can only be described as violent and, dare i saw, brutal crescendoes. The end of the track has the sees the main riff return and a nice hold to finish.

The Death Of Paragrim-4:06
begins much differently to all other songs with an emotional opening riff that is then joined by guitar runs culminating this sad riff. The song then builds on this riff with distortion and the complexity of the guitars continually growing. This is a demonstration of raw Post-Rock at its finest, the riff builds and builds only getting better as it goes before stopping and the opening guitar riff returns. The song stops with a minute to go and the sampling of sounds returns, readying for the final track.

41°4'23n, -81°31'4w-3:30
This is coordinates to the bands hometown. Akron-Ohio.
The intro of this song prepares you for an amazing song. The guitars play a smooth melody before you are hit with a quick blast of Post-Metal. The drums then play a marching build up and you suspect that the same heavy riff will be heard again but the throw into another melodic riff and you then again begin to crave that riff. The song repeats this pattern into the end of the song before a violent guitar melody is played and you begin to get excited, but it unfortunately never arrives and the EP ends the way it began.


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scotish
January 5th 2010



835 Comments


reviews that take a structurally solid track-by-track approach tend to be rather boring, especially if all they really do is just describe the songs like you've done here. the writings itsself isn't bad, per se, it's just pointless to do little but put the albums sound into words.

Powerban
January 5th 2010



2380 Comments


Agree with scotish. TBT only really appeal to people that know the album and they can re-live the experience through words. For newcomers to the band it's just a bunch of nothing.

Well written TBT review though, So I'll pos.

EasternLight
January 5th 2010



2700 Comments


listening. its almost this good so far

thebhoy
Emeritus
January 5th 2010



4459 Comments


TBT are generally frowned upon as mentioned before, but for a first your writing is good in itself. Think of it like an informal essay: you find one or two general ideas as to why you like the album, or don't like the album. Then you explore areas that support these ideas using the songs/lyrics/album flow whatever. Just have a gander at some of the staff reviews, or more experienced reviewers on the site (ie. myself, SeaAnemone, Crysis, Observer, for non-staff writers, or the contributors as well).

Marsygra
January 5th 2010



9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah i know more reading of reviews is needed to build my skills but as a first time reviewer mistakes were expected and thanks to your criticisms next time they will be avoided.

liledman
January 5th 2010



3826 Comments


yer the format is probably the only issue man, its well written its just what you choose to write about which will dictate whether the review reads well or not. ive seen far worse first reviews though. pos'd, welcome to sputnik.

MrCalum
January 31st 2010



371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Opening 2 tracks are the best, rest is pretty average

relative
May 18th 2010



12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A great find, some of the guitar duelling is fantastic, they can really make their instruments sing. The predictable quiet-loud-quiet-loud parts in a few sections bug me but a nice little release here. The first song is amazing

crazyblinddude
September 6th 2010



3389 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Absolutely love this release.

ThePalestMexican
September 7th 2010



2816 Comments


I still need to give this a listen

crazyblinddude
September 7th 2010



3389 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like this one a little more than their full length, but both are really great albums for anyone looking for a good post-rock listen. I think they need a bit more praise to be honest.

TomAkaVeto
April 11th 2011



1596 Comments


I do love this quite a bit.

accompliceofmydeath
August 30th 2011



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One of the better post-rock albums I've heard.

drds89
September 20th 2011



11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One of my favorites, and fwiw, I keep a journal of the bands I listen to and first impression of track-by-track before deciding whether to buy or move on. So I enjoyed this review, though not hearing quite the way the author did. But I also 4.5'ed it!!

cb123
October 6th 2011



1991 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice album



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