Thanks to the faithful promotion of awesome Texas music by Chris over at Gorilla vs. Bear, I’ve been listening to a lot of Tree Wave. In one of his posts he mentioned that this Dallas duo have “drawn comparisons to My Bloody Valentine and the Postal Service”, and sure enough they kind of sound like a mixture of both. Paul Slocum’s waves of drones and blips provide the foundation of Tree Wave’s 8-bit electronica-pop, all of which is composed with highly unconventional instrumentation — including two Commodore 64’s, an Atari 2600, and a reprogrammed Epson LQ500 printer. Their sound is rounded out by Lauren Gray’s haunting, breathy vocals, which float just above Slocum’s elaborate layers.
These are probably my two favorite tracks from 2004’s Cabana EP, which I highly recommend picking up. It definitely takes “chiptune” music to the next level, both in execution and concept. If Tree Wave ever get around to releasing a full-length, it’ll only be a matter of time before they blow up…
Download: Tree Wave – May Banners
Download: Tree Wave – Sleep
I’m really enjoying “Sandy Says Zombies” by Bill Baird and Silent Sunset, who recently played with Tree Wave in Austin. Stream it over at their myspace.