Treetop Flyers: Hit The Ground Running
The members of British soul-rock outfit Treetop Flyers clearly place a great deal of importance on the seemingly simple act of remembering. The band – consisting of lead singer and songwriter Reid Morrison, Sam Beer, Laurie Sherman, Matthew Starritt and Tomer Danan, the one sore-thumb American – took their name to keep people from forgetting about a specific group of Vietnam veterans, of all things. During the Vietnam war, American forces employed low-altitude helicopters that would graze the jungles of the dangerous land, earning the pilots the nickname “Treetop Flyers.” For a predominantly U.K.-raised group, it’s a thoughtful footnote and important in their overall story.
Morrison and Beer got their start in the same bustling London club scene that included Mumford and Sons, Laura Marling, Michael Kiwunaka and Adele. After forming Treetop Flyers, they released a handful of singles on Communion Records, the label co-founded by Mumford keyboardist Ben Lovett, and cranked out two solid EPs. For their debut full-length, they turned to California-based producer Noah Georgeson (Devendra Banahart, Joanna Newsom). The result, The Mountain Moves is a collection of folk-rock tunes which bring to mind good times in the breezy air of a sunny Mountain holiday.
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