TREETOP FLYERS

Treetop Flyers 2018 by Same Ford

Reid Morrison

Sam Beer

Laurie Sherman

Rupert Shreeve

Geoff Thomas Widdowson

Treetop Flyers
2018

Palomino
2016

The Mountain Moves
2013

London soulful country rock outfit Treetop Flyers return with their eponymous third album, due out on 24 August via Loose. Weaving blissful 60’s tinged West Coast Americana with a British rock’n’roll swagger, the album oozes with soulfulness, thanks to singer Reid Morrison’s rich, warm vocals, stunning close harmonies and the atmospheric warble of a Mellotron. The sound is boosted by the addition of a new groove-based rhythm section and just the right amount of triumphant, well-judged saxophone.

 

The band was originally formed by Reid Morrison, Laurie Sherman and Sam Beer, who met whilst playing in other projects as part of the West London folk scene. Although their name, Treetop Flyers, will always be linked to the Stephen Stills song, they settled on it as they all felt like outsiders but have stuck together ever since, through line-up and life changes. They have most recently been joined by Rupert Shreeve on drums, who has added another dimension to their style and took the songs in uncharted directions that were previously out of reach. On the new record they are also joined by saxophonist Geoff Thomas Widdowson from Loose label mates Danny and The Champions Of The World.

 

Treetop Flyers follows the band’s two previous critically acclaimed albums, their debut The Mountain Moves from 2013, which was praised by The Guardian who wrote that it, “effortlessly captures the spirit of late-1960s west coast pop-rock: the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young,” as well as Q, who wrote that they, “share with Midlake custody of a brood of Buckingham/Nicks-era Fleetwood Mac licks, likewise the Mac’s mood of unrequited yearning.” Their second album Palomino, from 2016 was praised by Uncut, who called it, “a fittingly great-sounding record, with the band magically tight and melodically assured as they play songs bathed in an evocative ’70s West Coast glow, while drawing on influences including outlaw country, soul and Nigerian psych.”

 

Whereas previous albums had been recorded either at their own SOUP studios in London (where Sam works) or further afield in studios in Malibu and New York, this time round they headed to The Cube in Stoke Newington. A DIY studio and rehearsal space, it backs on to the sanding workshop of the London picture framers and fellow musicians BRIDER & BULL (The Wave Pictures, Surfing Magazines). They found that every time they set up for a recording session they would have to swab down the tape machine and sections of their equipment with contact cleaner to get rid of the sawdust. Thankfully, nothing exploded or caught fire and they eventually came out with something honest and fun. As Reid explains; “Stripping back the recording process and working within the limitations of our equipment and recording knowledge has created what we believe to be our most true to form record and has breathed new life into our music, which is one of the main reasons we have decide to simply call the album Treetop Flyers as we believe it represents a fresh start for the band.”

 

As a result the album has a more organic and open feel. It opens with the glorious spacious sounds of “Fleadrops”, the first instrumental track they have ever recorded, which signals the band’s new sense of direction and optimism. It is followed swiftly by the single “Sweet Greens & Blues”, which was initially recorded for Palomino, but never really quite came together until the new drummer came on board and they were able to capture the feel of the song that they had been searching for.

 

“Needle” is based around a looped section at the end of a record about not wanting a moment to end. As Reid explains; “I had just got out the shower and I was listening to an old Ted Hawkins record someone bought me. I lost track of what I was doing and heard this noise. I couldn’t work out what it was but it sounded like the best drum sound I’d ever heard… with the old school hiss and everything. I thought my flatmates were playing a tune or something. I then remembered I had put the record on and the record had reached the end but had this perfect loop.”

 

This record also sees Sam taking lead vocal on a few of the songs, including “Kooky Clothes”, which revels in the intricate guitar interplay that increases in intensity towards the end of the song. The track “I Knew I’d Find You” features a heartfelt duet between Sam and Reid, the meaning of the song can be interpreted in various ways – it could be two lovers discovering each other or someone on a solo journey of self-discovery.

 

Feeling more comfortable in themselves than they have in a long time, Treetop Flyers are a band with a new lease of life and a new groove in their step. The soulful melancholy is still bubbling under the surface but this album feels altogether more triumphant, looking to the future with hope and optimism. There’s also a sense of exploration on this record, where things they had experimented with in their live show have crossed over to the tape machine, catapulting their sound to another level.

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Treetop Flyers

Treetop Flyers artwork 2018

Artist: Treetop Flyers

Title: Treetop Flyers

Release date: 24 August 2018

Catalogue no.: VJCD242

Formats: CD / heavyweight LP with download / digital

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1. Fleadrops
2. Sweet Greens & Blues
3. It’s Hard To Understand
4. Kooky Clothes
5. Needle
6. Astral Plane
7. Warning Bell
8. Art Of Deception
9. I Knew I’d Find You
10. Door 14

Palomino

Treetop Flyers - Palomino

Artist: Treetop Flyers

Title: Palomino

Release date: 11 March 2016

Catalogue no.:VJCD225

Format: digital, CD, LP

1. You, Darling You
2. Sleepless Nights
3. Lady Luck
4. It’s A Shame
5. Dance Through The Night
6. St Andrew’s Cross
7. Falling Back
8. Fairytales & Lullabies
9. 31 Years
10. Never Been As Hard
11. Wild Winds

The Mountain Moves

Treetop Flyers - The Mountain Moves

Artist: Treetop Flyers

Title: The Mountain Moves

Release date: Jun 25, 2013

Catalogue no.: VJCD209

Format: digital, CD, LP

1. Things Will Change
2. Houses Are Burning
3. Waiting On You
4. Rose Is In The Yard
5. She’s Gotta Run
6. Postcards
7. Haunted House
8. Making Time
9. Picture Show
10. Storm Will Pass
11. Is It All Worth It

TREETOP FLYERS (2018)

“this stunning LP is much more than a tribute to the old heroes and ideals: Treetop Flyers transport the spirit of yesteryear into the present with amazing ease.”
8/10
CLASSIC ROCK GERMANY

“effortlessly soulful country rock that reminds you of Van Morrison’s early 70s output”
★★★★
SCOTTISH DAILY EXPRESS

a bold, vivid return, one that finds Treetop Flyers pushing themselves further and further”
CLASH

“As good as their last two releases have been, they’ve taken it to another level for this one, adding such an emotional depth to affairs that the whole thing is really quite breathtaking…”
“At this rate, Treetop Flyers ought to be household names by the end of the year. The general public has a lot of catching up to do. I kind of envy them for that.”
8/10
GOD IS IN THE TV

“the most confident that Treetop Flyers have sounded in themselves… dreamy, mellow 60s-style melodies interspersed with dashings of psychedelia… it isn’t inconceivable that this latest offering from Treetop Flyers could see them finally gain some proper mainstream recognition.”
8/10
AMERICANA UK

“the album’s exceptional allure is undeniably its great diversity of styles”
★★★★
THE UPCOMING

“A musically erudite album, one that highlights all that is superb in this band.”
8.5/10
LIVERPOOL SOUND AND VISION

“It’s always pleasing to see country rock music spread its wings beyond North America, and with ‘Needle’ the Treetop Flyers not only do that, they do so with grace, style and plenty of natural feeling. This is one very special song, the soulful vibes are everywhere, I am mightily impressed!”
BEEHIVE CANDY

“glorious 60s tinged West Coast Americana with a British twist. With warm, rich harmonies, and a summery groove, the song oozes soulfulness.”
SONG OF THE DAY – Sweet Greens & Blues
“this is the assured sound of a band that has grown into itself and with the certainty that it can carry its audience with it and build an even bigger following on the journey.”
FOLK RADIO

7/10
UNCUT

“Treetop Flyers manage to span the musical geographic spectrum from Old London Town to Laurel Canyon, with a touch of Nashville and New Orleans thrown in for good measure. Since being tabbed as the darlings of the Glastonbury Festival in 2011, the road to success has been slow but deliberate for Treetop Flyers. The pace of that appreciation should pick up considerably with the new recording. There is something here for almost everyone to like, regardless of your musical (or geographic) tastes.”
9/10
SOUNDBLAB

“With this release, Treetop Flyers could soon be enjoying the widespread appeal that this music deserves”
SHIRE FOLK

“it is clear that Reid Morrison has one of the best voices in music today – any genre – anywhere – full stop.
There are few certainties in life – attending a Treetop Flyers gig and leaving with a joyous feeling of euphoria is one… A quality release from a quality group of musicians which builds on the very solid foundations that they have laid and elevates them to a higher level still.”
FATEA

“Lead singer Reid Morrison’s vocals sit somewhere between soul greats like Dobie Gray of Drift Away fame and new kid on the block Michael Kiwanuka… Treetop Flyers have created a set of eminently listenable tunes, harking back to rock’s golden period.”
MORNING STAR

“All rather marvellous and a rather wonderful album”
CHESTER CHRONICLE

“an impressive, tender and most listenable album”
LONESOME HIGHWAY

“Treetop Flyers have bounded back on to the scene with an assured, accomplished third album. Old influences and new beginnings have resulted in a unified album of West Coast rock with a West London edge, cut with country influences, a celebratory groove, and irrepressible heart and soul.”
REDROSPECTIVE

“Third time really was a charm for the Treeptops. The sun has shone on everything they have done here.”
TRAVELLERS TUNES

“This eponymous LP is a confident, polished affair that reeks of crossover potential”
SHINDIG

PALOMINO (2016)

#1 – ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2016
LIVE4EVER

#15 – ALBUM OF THE YEAR POLL 2016
GOD IS IN THE TV

★★★★
Q

★★★★
MOJO

★★★★
AAA MUSIC

“harmonies tighter than tight and a full, big sound that feels greater than the sum of its parts. Both honest and brave, Palomino must be shared.”
AESTHETICA

“a fittingly great-sounding record, with the band magically tight and melodically assured as they play songs bathed in an evocative ’70s West Coast glow, while drawing on influences including outlaw country, soul and Nigerian psych”
★★★★
UNCUT

“drawing effortlessly on late 1960s/ early 1970s Californian pop, with a big dollop of Fleet Foxes-style textures for good measure.”
★★★★
SUNDAY EXPRESS

“from its first to the last moments, this is a work imbued with brilliance.”
THE FLANEUR

“’Palomino’ is layered in folk-rock textures, recalling that Laurel Canyon sound yet with a defiantly modern twist.”
CLASH

“their cracking tunes, instrumental excellence and sneaky, silk spun harmonies spell class”
★★★★
DAILY MIRROR

“a joyful blast of 1960s West Coast rock”
★★★★
GUITAR & BASS MAGAZINE

“it’s those wonderfully tight vocal harmonies that really set Treetop Flyers apart. Whether it’s the driving refrain of the final track Wild Winds, or the tidal wave swell of It’s A Shame’s chorus, they are rarely less than sublime.”
★★★★
MUSIC OMH

“a strident slice of 70s infused rock-pop that blows a refreshing hurricane through the turgid multitude of introspective singer songwriters and image hungry pop stars”
★★★★
MUSIC-NEWS

“Treetop Flyers have emerged from the depths of despair to release almost an hour’s worth of some of the strongest music in recent memory… simply brilliant… Seductive music in the best sense, riffs take hold in your consciousness and don’t let go… Procure this disc immediately!”
FOR FOLKS SAKE

“a band who really should be headlining festivals and arenas throughout the world”
A MUSICAL PRIORITY

“The riffs are consistently invigorating, the melodies lavishly seductive, and the vocals so persuasive – A warm, deeply personal album with a heart full of soul.”
GOD IS IN THE TV

“blending folk influences, that Laurel Canyon sound, with some of their most visceral songwriting to date.”
CLASH

“a modern day classic”
NE:MM

“It is lilting and like a warming 60s-infused melting pot with poetic lyrics and stand-out tracks such as You, Darling You, Lady Luck and 31 Years. The Treetops are set to fly.
★★★★
XS NOIZE

“passionate and powerful, with vocals that are both folksy and honest, and soulful and true…. Let’s not dwell on greatness, let’s look at when the album tipples over into the sublime. Three times to be precise.”
LIVE 4 EVER

Dance Through The Night is a fantastic tune and a phenomenal way to return… For a track that boasts six minutes it has all of the pop accessibility and satisfaction of a quick two minute moment of lust. Absolutely superb…”
EXPLODING HEAD SYNDROME

“a crafted collection of gorgeous guitar songs silver sealed with a voice mainlined straight to the heart”
★★★★
NARC.

“[Dance Through The Night] might only be a single but there are more ideas here and more hidden corners to explore than most albums”
LISTEN WITH MONGER

“In all its glory, PALOMINO is a dreamy rock tinged record with its alt edges and soulful centre. It mixes venom with style and announces the return of Treetop Flyers as a cutting edge band resonating well in Americana, rock, indie and alternative circles.”
#24 – TOP 30 FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF 2016
THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH

“…emerging triumphant with an absolute gem of an album taking in the best of roots, rock and soul for a sensational return.”
RHYTHM & BOOZE

“A successful attempt to fuse together some of the greatest genres of the 20th century”
WE ARE UNSEEN

“a powerful album real and full of true human emotion”
★★★★
CULTURED VULTURES

“In a way you’ve got to feel for Treetop Flyers, when your second album is as strong, perfect and diverse as this, where can you go next?”
PENNYBLACK MUSIC

“Ultimately ‘Palomino’ is one of those albums that is so musically rich it’s almost pointless writing about it. It needs to be heard. It covers all aspects of music throughout the last five decades. There are lashings of soul mixed in with the band’s Americana leanings. There is a popiness to some of the songs that instantly makes them appealing before repeated plays throw up barely hidden depths, and the playing and singing are simply some of the best you’ll likely to hear.”
PENNYBLACK MUSIC

LIVE


“Simply put, they are just terrific live …the Flyers cruised so gracefully through their blissful, bewilderingly tight set that it is somewhat puzzling as to why the band are not household names already. If Jools Holland doesn’t try to book them for his Hootenanny this year – or, at least, an episode of Later – then he is a fool.”
GOD IS IN THE TV

“Upbeat and radiating human warmth and a touch of insanity, this is addictive stuff. And we are hooked.”
OXFORD MAIL 

“Treetop Flyers possess an inspirational front person in Reid Morrison who injects a deeply moving soulful streak into his vocals to aid the depth of sincerity in their songs.”
“The evidence on show tonight is that these five guys are going to be a force to be reckoned with”
THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH

THE MOUNTAIN MOVES (2013)

“…effortlessly captures the spirit of late-1960s west coast pop-rock: the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. British influences can be heard: there are hints of the Faces’ or the Rolling Stones’ swagger in Laurie Sherman’s classic-rock guitar licks, and sublime opener Things Will Change dips into 1980s winsome indie”

★★★★
THE GUARDIAN

“Treetop Flyers are in it for the long haul.”
MOJO

“Debut album ‘The Mountain Moves’ is chock full of lush harmonies, warm arrangements and billowing acoustic guitars as fresh as a breeze looming in from San Francisco harbour”
★★★★
CLASH MAGAZINE

“(Treetop Flyers) share with Midlake custody of a brood of Buckingham/Nicks-era Fleetwood Mac licks, likewise the Mac’s mood of unrequited yearning. More, please”
★★★★
Q

“The Mountain Moves reimagines the golden age knowingly but not slavishly…displays the earthy smoothness of the original America line-up.”
UNCUT

“The album is a thrill, delivering unexpected updates on its vintage influences. More soul than folk and more rock than country, The Mountain Moves is an idyllic debut from a band that has traced its own lively arc through the So-Cal ’70s.”
PASTE MAGAZINE

“The Mountain Moves is a subdued classic”
THE TIMES

“Watch this band fly far beyond the treetops.”
★★★★
THE SUN

“Tuneful late-’60s Laurel Canyon vibe”
WALL STREET JOURNAL

★★★★
ROLLING STONE FRANCE

“From start to finish this album is a masterpiece. It is like a well-oiled machine, it works perfectly and flows effortlessly”
MUSIC NEWS

“This is a really strong debut that in channelling the greats becomes great in its own way too.”
★★★★
INDIE LONDON

“Sounding fresh, vibrant and full of great innovative ideas, they allow a host of influences, both of particular acts and songs merge with their own music.”
★★★★
AMERICANA UK

“Folk-rock that references acts from Stephen Stills to Simon & Garfunkel.”
BILLBOARD

“An album that oozes quality, demands repeated listens, and almost certainly signals the emergence of a major new talent.”
★★★★★
GET READY TO ROCK

“It’s surely only a matter of time before mainstream recognition beckons” 7/10
PRESS ASSOCIATION

“Its slimmed down harmonies and detailed instrumentation makes this a sweet, relaxing pleasure”
PENNYBLACK MUSIC

“Soulful, harmony-laden folk-rock”
GLIDE MAGAZINE

“Marks a somewhat welcome return to the classic side of folk-rock.” 7/10
FAKE DIY

“Jangly, bright guitars, sweet harmonies and uber melodic songs”
WXPN

TREETOP FLYERS (2018)

PALOMINO (2016)

THE MOUNTAIN MOVES (2013)