A Letter from TreeTops is available to pre-order now.
It’s out on LP, CD and all digital channels on 25th February 2022 .
It’s the debut album from Pneumatic Tubes, the solo project of multi-instrumentalist
Jesse Chandler, keyboard & woodwinds player for the bands Midlake and Mercury Rev.
It’s a paean to the wild landscapes of the Adirondacks and Catskills
of Upstate New York where he grew up. TreeTops being the name of a summer camp,
fondly remembered by several generations of the Chandler family.
Evocative liner notes are provided by Justin Hopper, author of Old Weird Albion
and writer of the Ghost Box spoken word album Chanctonbury Rings.
Designed by Julian House, The CD comes in a beautiful 6 panel digipack
and the heavyweight vinyl LP comes with full colour inner sleeve
and free download card.
AND!! There’ll be no vinyl delays on this release as it’s already safely delivered.
Certainly, this is some of Pye Corner Audio’s strongest output to date. The synths have
never sounded better… Press play and it works its magic, imprinting its strange
and fantastic direct onto your mind’s eye.
It’s hard not to draw a Brian Eno comparison, as this is an album that manages to distil big,
overarching concepts into accessible, and (above all) enjoyable soundscapes.
minimalist synth sequences that are slow building and tense, with agitated pin prick rhythms
and pulsing stabs evoking a vastness of space and the associated emotional states,
from agoraphobia induced terror to wide eyed wonder.
There’s a real warmth to his analogue synth fetish that conjures up something between
sci fi film music and the narcotic edge of the dancefloor. Everything is tightly controlled,
pieces develop sequentially as each elements reveal happens at the exact, perfect moment
in time. The edges are smooth, there is nothing to lull you out of a hypnotic reverie, nothing is left
to chance. It’s difficult not to admire this kind of control, this attention to detail.
‘Growth Potential’ is dubby death disco that suddenly blossoms into a steely utopianism,
‘Leaf Mould’ dreams of ‘Europe Endless’ will one day just be decomposing ruins in the loam.
But it ends with a banger, the spare synth bass and lovely spiralling high arpeggio of
‘Symbiosis’ offering a message of hope that man and nature can still learn
to live together and communicate, rather than destroy each other.
A Letter from TreeTops comes out on 25th February 2022 . It’s the debut album from Pneumatic Tubes, the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Jesse Chandler ( keyboard & woodwinds player for the bands Midlake and Mercury Rev). Grounded here in his own bucolic makings, Chandler opens his imagination to the world with this very personal and contemplative album. It’s a kind of American Kosmiche Music, a paean to the wild landscapes of the Adirondacks and Catskills of Upstate New York where he grew up. (TreeTops is the name of a summer camp, fondly remembered by several generations of the Chandler family.)
The album came to Chandler almost as an automatic transmission. Shortly after the death of his father, he holed up alone in the old family home with a few synths, a couple of vintage keyboards, percussion instruments and of
course his beloved flutes and clarinets – the “pneumatic tubes” of his nom de plume. Channelling raw memory and landscape, Chandler laid down most of the material for this mystical and elegiac suite of music in just a few days. He later called on some talented friends to flesh out the final recordings; Paul Alexander on bass, Bill Campbell on drums, Marissa Nadler backing vocals and Robert Gomez on electric guitar. The result is a series of beautifully faded musical photographs.
Evocative liner notes are provided by Justin Hopper, author of Old Weird Albion and writer of the Ghost Box spoken word album Chanctonbury Rings. By happy coincidence Hopper also grew up in New York State and has his own deep connection to the landscapes there.
Released on 25th February on LP, CD and all digital channels. Designed by Julian House, the heavyweight vinyl LP version comes with full colour inner sleeve and free download card. Pre-orders open on 2nd February. (and we can guarantee there’ll be no vinyl delays on this release as it’s already safely delivered).
Today sees the release of the incredible new album by Pye Corner Audio and the debut single on Ghost Box for Large Plants.
Entangled Routes is an awe-inspiring sci-fi epic produced by Martin Jenkins. It’s hewn from his trademark mesmeric sequences, slow dancefloor rhythms and gorgeous sound design. Out now on CD, download & streams and available to pre-order on LP. With artwork as always by Julian House, the LP comes on heavyweight vinyl with full colour inner sleeve and free download code card.
La Isla Bonita is by Large Plants, the new band of Jack Sharp (Wolf People). It’s a super heavy psych rock take on the pop classic. Out now on download & streams everywhere, and available to pre-order on 7”. The physical version is a beautiful slab of heavyweight 7” vinyl wrapped in a thick spined psike psleeve. If you order it from the Ghost Box shop, you’ll get access to a free download version.