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Treetop Flyers 8/25/13 + Video

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  • Date Recorded: August 25, 2013
  • Artist / Band: Treetop Flyers
  • Hosting Show: The Other One
  • Sound: Drew Freiberger
  • Video: Melissa James

Treetop Flyers have a whimsical name that conjures up images of rope swings and bird houses high above the earth, but their sound is solidly grounded in rootsy rock and alt country.

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But wait! This five-piece band is based in London, England which is about as far away from open highways and, well, trees as you can get. The band is four parts U.K. and one part U.S., but the sound is all folk-tinged Americana and sunshowered Laurel Canyon vibe, with pensive, lyrical wordsmithing, along the lines of M. Ward.

Their breakout moment occurred quite recently, hot on the heels of their first full-length release "The Mountain Moves" and a much-buzzed-about show at the Glastonbury Music Festival, where they garnered the Emerging Talent Award in 2011. With their record freshly pressed, the quintet is all set to tour their respective homelands and guitarists/vocalists Reid Morrison and Sam Beer stopped by the KDHX studios for an acoustic set during their swing through St. Louis.

Morrison's voice is world-weary but not mournful, set to simple song structures that recall a lazy afternoon in the California sunshine. "Things Will Change" is a standout track in this stripped down session. The song contemplates the seasons of life moving steadily forward, as is inevitable, and the acoustic version turns the upbeat tune into a melody of gently wistful rumination.

As the lyric states: "Things will change/ but not just yet."

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