Release Date: Mar 18, 2016
Record label: Loose Music
Sometimes a band emerges with a first record that is so confident and fully formed, it’s as if they’ve been around for years. The Mountain Moves, Treetop Flyers’ 2013 début, was very much in this category. Steeped in the sounds of classic American rock and with highly accomplished, lovingly crafted songwriting, it could have been released at any point over the past 35 years.
The Palomino horse has been a potent symbol of the American west ever since Roy Rodgers saddled up Trigger for his numerous film and TV performances. Add to that a reference to Treetop Flyer, Stephen Stills’s swamp-funk paean to mesquite-brushing airborne smugglers and you have quite a set of legends to attempt to surpass. Sadly, neither the band nor the album quite manages to overcome the expectations set by such notable cultural references.