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Infantree At Origami Vinyl, Friday October 23rd 2015 Review

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‘Infantree is a symbol for growth,’ wrote the band Infantree in their bio on Reverb Nation. ‘Whether it be intellectual, spiritual, physical, or emotional; growth is growth. If left unchecked, exponential growth could devour prosperity as we know it. Only when it’s applied within a means does growth reach it’s true potential of ceaseless sustainability. Infantree applies this method by way of harmony, like-mindedness, and an articulation of each individual’s role/capacity as a musician/human-being. At the same time the use of childlike reckless abandon seems key to wading through the water-mark left by the mainstream mindset. This dynamic has helped the members of Infantree to spread their roots as friends while simultaneously growing as a band.’

The quartet had a release party for their new EP ‘Return to Zero’ at Origami Vinyl on Friday night, and I think they played the whole thing, even in order, at least this is what they said. I had seen them before, at least two years ago, when they had been picked to tour with Neil Young and the Crazy Horse, which is always an amazing sign for a young band. At the time, I had a hard time to describe their music, when so many indie bands sound alike, Infantree’s music was showing a real uniqueness, being quite inventive, adventurously layered, with subtle folk-pop melodies, and energetic rocking parts. But may be the real catch was and still is their deep vocal harmonies, immediately perceivable during their first song, (Love keeps) ‘Changing Hands’… Their voices were certainly up front, strong with full harmonies, sounding like melancholic chants interestingly contrasting with their solid guitar work. They undoubtedly have an original voice in music, and they are not afraid of big crying guitar solos aiming at epic at times, while staying in a realm of not-really-predictable songs. If I had to bring up names, I would say their guitars had some 70’s vibe at time, a bit Fleetwood Mac or even Led Zeppelin may have surfaced through the cracks of their folk-vibe, there were some quiet moments of bliss mixed with more violent explosive guitars, which could also vaguely have reminded you of the Black Keys, but the soothing, lush, several-part harmonies of Alex Vojandi, Donald Fisher, Matt Kronish were quite different from anything I had heard. Also, I could not see much of Jordan Avesar, but I sure could hear his pounding drums.

If I got clueless for references, they also added complexity and diversity, bringing up an organ, a light reggae-ish riff or even a slightly scary romantic harmony during ‘For my Lady’… The music was often slowly sprawling, exploding into some abrupt change in the next minute, becoming all voice and deep harmonies again. There was something a bit ancient and deeply poetic in their songs with a real balance between loud and peaceful parts. One thing is sure, you should not be fooled by their name, they are more into organic sounds and looks than their military-sounding moniker could suggest, and they are all grown-up, they recorded ‘Return to Zero’ themselves and are releasing it independently, after releasing their previous full-lengths on Neil Young’s Vapor Records,… which is a bold move. At Origami, they said it was the first time they were playing in two years, but nobody could have guessed judging by their tight sound and harmonies.

Tracklist of ‘Return to Zero’

Changing Hands
Back When I was your Baby
For My Lady
All This Is
Love is Only Waiting
End of the Bargain


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