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Life or Dessert?

by Gravity Tree

Guitar drenched, 21st century progressive rock
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tender Shoot
1:09 $1.00
2. People Don't Know
4:42 $1.00
3. Forget You
4:55 $1.00
4. Almost
1:01 $1.00
5. Everything
4:13 $1.00
6. Minnie's Tree
3:31 $1.25
7. Falling In 3's
3:02 $1.25
8. Harmonic Indulgence
5:06 $1.25
9. Where You Are
3:25 $1.00
10. No Rest
1:21 $1.00
11. Life or Dessert?
6:07 $1.25
12. Three's Too
2:44 $1.00
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Album Notes
Finally surrendering their love of vinyl, Gravity Tree made their transition to digital output by asking the question: LIFE OR DESSERT?

Pulling from a melting pot of alternative and progressive influences as diverse as Genesis and Henry Kaiser, Franz Liszt and Joe Walsh, Laurie Anderson and the Beatles, the duo (comprised of multi-instrumentalists Linc on guitars and bass, and Alan Nu on drums and keys) covers enough musical terrain and harmonic content to span a few albums. A progressive variety-pack, LIFE OR DESSERT? is a condensation of those flavors, down to their root elements. It's presented here in a form, while not quite accessible by pop standards, certainly a different progression toward a future music than you might have heard before.

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There are some big moments here, big anthemic moments...
Gravity Tree's music is full of angular rhythms with somewhat quirky vocals…at times, though, I think of Spock's Beard around the time of Beware Of Darkness. But even that isn't really an apt comparison. Avant-garde is how I would describe "Everything." "People Don't Know" has a driving beat with guitars just on this side of harsh - some great leads, juicy bass, and a classic rock like groove - even the production has that heavy, 70s sound.

...In hearing this, you'd swear there must have been a full band there - which in these days of studio magic seems odd to say.

...There are some big moments here, big anthemic moments with Rush like overtones (modern Rush versus classic Rush) on "No Rest." And there are moments when I think of Talking Heads on "Minnie's Tree" and on "Life Or Dessert?" Also, on the former, I first thought of Oingo Boingo crossed with King Crimson, but it might more apt to say Danny Elfman fronting Crimson. At the very least, this is perhaps the most "accessible" track on the album, full of darkly churning bass, angry guitar, and driving percussion.

...Life Or Dessert? closes with the instrumental "Three's Too" which is layer after layer of shimmering guitar over undulating bass. The lyrics are mostly observations about life and the human condition - not necessarily making bold or prophetic statements about it, but more like impressionistic paintings, paintings that ask questions some with a spiritual undertone - more a cynic's view of things; of one who has looked about the world and wonders just what we think we are doing. Philosophies aside, this may take a couple of listens to get into. There are some tracks that aren't as effective as others, but on the whole it's worth the effort.

Wondrous Stories (Issue 100)

The rock of intense thinkers, driven by intense rhythms
In essence, Gravity Tree are Linc (vocal and all guitars) plus Alan Nu (percussion, drums, synth etc). The minute or so of the track 'Tender Shoot' has a wonderful lead bass which along with percussion and guitar serves up starters. That bass plays a prominent part throughout, whether behind the music as rhythm or leading, where the voice of Linc has a sniff of Roger Chapman about it, minus much of the grit... It's generally strong stuff, not heavy, but certainly progressive rock 70's style with a guitar rather than keyboard lead. The conventional threads together with the more unconventional and alternative as the excellent 'MInnie's Tree' precedes the eerie percussive 'Harmonic Indulgence' - very much something Zappa would be proud of. Not for anyone of a nervous disposition, this is the rock of intense thinkers, driven by intense rhythms.