Thursday, August 29, 2019

Secret Treehouse - The Big Rewind

Yesterday we featured an album by Frog; today we begin with an album that opens with "Fear of Frogs".  Just a coincidence ... we think.  The song is the initial jewel of soaring, brightly textured sonic bliss by Norwegian band Secret Treehouse.  The following "Hero" displays a different side of the band, a pensive, slow-tempo song performed beautifully by vocalist Anja Bere.  And the various facets of the band continue to play off each other throughout the album, with upbeat pop/rock standouts such as "Fear of Frogs" and the title track balanced by power ballads such as the touching "Really Nervous" and "Sinking".  However, with five accomplished members, every song -- regardless of tempo -- is richly detailed, shimmering and sparkling as the arrangements build to a powerful finish.  Indisputably, the vocals star in these songs, but there is so much more to enjoy.

Secret Treehouse are Anja Bere, Trond Espen Teigen Bjoland, Sveinung Fossan Bukve, Tormod Smith Svanevik, and Marius Mathisen.  The Big Rewind is out now, check your preferred digital source.


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