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If These Trees Could Talk

by If These Trees Could Talk

A non-lyrical exploration of emotion.
Genre: Rock: Post-Rock/Experimental
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1. Malabar Front
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2. Smoke Stacks
6:24 $0.99
3. The Friscalating Dusklight
4:32 $0.99
4. Signal Tree
5:24 $0.99
5. The Death of Paradigm
4:06 $0.99
6. 41°4'23n, -81°31'4w
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Album Notes
Akron's If These Trees Could Talk eschews post-rock's tendency toward roller-coaster dynamics -- as well as the slide-rule intricacy of math rock's post-punk wing -- for the moody majesty of June of 44. (Kent's Six Parts Seven also comes to mind.) While there are passages propelled by the frothy churn of loud/soft counterpoints -- as in parts of "The Friscalating Dusklight" -- the music's power is a product of the wonderful three-guitar interplay. But this isn't so much about chords as it is the jutting, slashing, slithering single-note intersections, whose combinations drive the melody as well as lending this music an oceanic quality.

Tracks such as "Signal Tree" work a hypnotic thrum, while the psychedelic "41°4'23n, -81°31'4w," in a surprisingly economical three and a half minutes, billows and swoons like the Smashing Pumpkins. This is one of ITTCT's finest traits: Songs don't overstay their welcome; instead, they work out their idea and move along with minimal wankery.

by Chris Parker
Cleveland Scene Magazine

Like the Six Parts Seven, another area group known for its rock soundscapes, Akron's If These Trees Could Talk proves in its self-titled six-song debut that you don't need vocals to ooze emotion. In fact, lyrics would only get in the way of the Trees' dense, flowing sound. This album emotes like Explosions in the Sky, rocks like Tool, and breaks and builds like Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The crystal-clear production and flawless musical performances make this a local instrumental album that stands high above the mire.

by Joe Minadeo
Cleveland Scene Magazine

The mutterings of superflora isn't a subject oft-explored by instrumental bands, but If These Trees Could Talk, out of the forested Akron, Ohio, have added ritalin, steroids and Red Bull to the seedlings of some conifers, and laughed maniacally as their monster grew into a guitar-playing psychotic genius. This release shows how instrumental guitar rock need not be a dirge, but an exciting, groovy, and occasionally softening affair.

If These Trees Could Talk takes a fairly continuous sequence, a 6 part song if anything, with each section bookended by washes of ambience. This structure is one of the better choices on this album, and considering the magnificence of the music itself, this is saying something. Every element on this album is enhanced by the force that drives right from the release's beginning, to its conclusion. If there was an issue, it would be that the release stops quite abruptly, without stopping the momentum behind the final musical idea. The feeling that is gathered from this, could best be expressed as "GIVE ME A FULL ALBUM". And when ITTCT delivers this, oh boy, they're going to put wide smiles on many faces.

If These Trees Could Talk have an astonishing handle on how to go about presenting instrumental music correctly, with a sense of a voice in instrumental lines, tasteful use of distortion and technically proficient playing. Repetition and delay on this release is used far more effectively than the vast majority of instrumental bands. It would be conceivable to call them a math rock band with soul and or a post-rock band with an ability to play musical instruments properly. Contrasts between distortion and clean sounds are exploited throughout the piece, particularly in "Signal Hill," and this adds to the frenetic dynamic of the band. Three guitar lines sweep through and around each other supported by the outrageous grooves of the rhythm section. It is traditional post-rock dynamics, taking after Slint's Spiderland, but sped up, and given a Don Caballero-esque dosage of repeatrepeatrepeat. The end result of this rock minimalism feast, unsurprisingly, is highly arousing.

Another asset of If These Trees Could Talk is their ability to pull off musical ideas with a succinctness that is so lacking in many other instrumental acts. The band works at a pace which leaves Sparrows Swarm and Sing and other such acts flailing their stringed instruments in the dust. Quite simply, the music is breathtaking, near-flawless and tight. You can tell this band hasn't had many babies. They've got it ALL, packed into a neat, bite size package. Just slam the physical equivalent to their music on a centrefold spread and they'll make millions. You just wait until their supertree grows to its full potential.

by Marcus Whale
The Silent Ballet



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Bryan Henderson

Awesome CD! Great style, the extra guitar surpasses what any vocalist could do. Very original and inspirational. keep it real, keep it post! I an now awaiting your new CD to arrive and spreading the word in Arizona about you guys.Keep up the great work!

I love instrumental music. Sometimes I can get bored with monotonous drumming, though. Luckily bands like this are out there to play the same style of climatic, building, wordless anthems of bands like red sparowes and explosions in the sky yet keep the drumming interesting & complex throughout (almost jazzy at times even). This cd is seriously amazing and I can't wait to hear more of their releases in the future. Amazing 1st cd. Truly.

Rob Laban

Excellent stuff.
Very enjoyable listen, I look forward to more material and the remote possibility of this live one day.

Grant Rogers

More bands should be like this
A singer would only screw this CD up. Excellent instrumental rock, that conveys more emotion than most bands with singers. Intricate guitar work with three guitar player that is so melodic you wont believe it.

Mike Jackson

Describing this music to my parents became an easy task when i said simply, think of a musical journey rather than songs.

This band (and Russian Circles) inspired me to start up my own post rock/metal band. So thanks guys :D


pretty arfing great
this is a wonderful album with great continuity. each song is unique but the whole album has a certain feel to it. sounds kinda like explosions in the sky, godspeed you black emperor and tool if they all lived in the same house in ohio.

Erika Haas



er, great!
i think you can call this post-rock except it's not boring stuff going for 15 minutes. it's quite impossible to pick just one track from this album, you want to listen to the whole thing all the time. well i mean, it's a great album.


This music is absolutely beautiful. Definitely recommend it.