Download “World Gone Global” here.
The first single from WHATWAVE, the second album by peripatetic indie rock quintet The Dead Trees, is appropriately called “World Gone Global.” The title fits the sunny-afternoon, backyard jangle; despite production by Devendra Banhart crony Noah Georgeson and a long-standing partnership with Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr., The Dead Trees decided to pay for and release WHATWAVE themselves. Essentially, they made their project a global one through the popular crowdfunding website Kickstarter, raising more than $17,000. That was enough to take WHATWAVE on the road on their own.
But don’t let that proclamation of autonomy suggest The Dead Trees are a band that can’t do it any other way: Heading into the second half of summer (the band will release the LP on July 19), these are tunes most any indie label would like to send through stereo speakers right about now. WHATWAVE is an adventurous and magnetic collection, twisting and turning with an art-rock eclecticism that suggests recent records by The Walkmen while sticking close enough to the hook to recall the early days of ostensible mentors The Strokes. That’s maybe most clear on “World Gone Global,” a sun-faded confession of romantic interests and hurt feelings that bristles just enough to avoid apathy. (Download it here.) With vocals cresting above a patina of distortion to deliver a mix of cute little rhymes and bittersweet reflections, it’s a song that seems custom built for summer lounging–when you know you should be doing something better but that, really, there is nothing better.
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