Release Date: Nov 8, 2011
Record label: Friendly Fire
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Neo-Psychedelia
Danish upstarts Treefight for Sunlight whip up a frenzy of hazy, dreamy pop that calls to mind those Flaming Lips, MGMT, Panda Bear, and under-sung heroes Sparks. The Copenhagen quartet doesn’t necessarily break loads of new ground, though the holes it does dig are deep and surprising. The album’s second song, “A Dream Before Sleep”, commingles Smile-era Beach Boys with a dash of Philip Glass’s quirky awesomeness.
Treefight for Sunlight have a hard road to hoe in my listening queue. Right from the gitgo I’ve taken a dim view of the latest trend in reverb soaked indie pop. I was one of the few to have less than an ecstatic response to the first Panda Bear record, Animal Collective’s latter day work and the Fleet Foxes debut. I liked them all fine, but I find I simply can’t warm up to these records.
You have to feel for Treefight For Sunlight. With the industry seemingly insistent that bands burst forth fully-formed, firing on all cylinders from the word go, it’s practically career suicide for your first album to merely suggest potential rather than scream instant magnificence. But that’s exactly what we get with the Copenhagen foursome’s self-titled debut.
Treefight For Sunlight’s bio compares the Danish pop group’s sound to sunshine—making reference to the band’s debut album, A Collection Of Vibrations For Your Skull, as a bottling up of said sunshine into “ten pop symphonies. ” The description is really quite accurate as each track of A Collection Of Vibrations For Your Skull feels like a gentle heat ray. But what the bio description is lacking is that the warm beams grow with each track, becoming explosions of happy, nature-oriented psychedelic pop that bring to mind images of sprawling meadows in mid-summer.