Roots, Shoots & Leaves

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
London's More Like Trees may be a trio, but they make enough racket that most listeners will peg them as a collective, especially upon dropping the stylus so to speak on "Trees," the Gypsy Kings-kissed opening track on their full-length studio debut, Roots, Shoots & Leaves. Siblings Josh and Matt Whitehouse, and double bassist Lachlan Radford, specialize in high energy, urban folk-rock a pretty accurately self described blend of "flamenco, drum & bass, classical, hip-hop, indie, dance, and folk" or "strum and bass" that pays homage to a dizzying array of influences, from the big-hearted, block-rock, reggae-infused pump of Sublime and the worldbeat and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
London's More Like Trees may be a trio, but they make enough racket that most listeners will peg them as a collective, especially upon dropping the stylus so to speak on "Trees," the Gypsy Kings-kissed opening track on their full-length studio debut, Roots, Shoots & Leaves. Siblings Josh and Matt Whitehouse, and double bassist Lachlan Radford, specialize in high energy, urban folk-rock a pretty accurately self described blend of "flamenco, drum & bass, classical, hip-hop, indie, dance, and folk" or "strum and bass" that pays homage to a dizzying array of influences, from the big-hearted, block-rock, reggae-infused pump of Sublime and the worldbeat and dub-tinged emissions of Mescaleros-era Joe Strummer, to the sly, post-pub/pre-club Britpop of the Arctic Monkeys and the politically charged acoustic punk of Frank Turner. That said, Roots, Shoots & Leaves' greatest asset is that it's just plain fun to ingest, due in large part to the fact the trio's technical acumen matches the attitude with which each note is delivered. Even when the album piles on the guest appearances, as it does on the back half with capable assistance from the likes of freestylist Klumzy Tongue and Irish multi-instrumentalist Fjokra, beat boxer Reeps One, the One Taste Choir, and the Swell String Section, the latter of whom help to expand stand-out cuts like "Pieces" and "For Sure" beyond their sweaty, beer hall-blasted confines, it does so with its identity intact. More Like Trees may sound like the sum of their influences, but they're using their own spices to sweeten the pot, and like all good Dickensian miscreants, they're doing it on their own terms.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/2013
  • Label: Bbe
  • UPC: 730003121029
  • Catalog Number: 210
  • Sales rank: 123,121

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Trees (3:41)
  2. 2 Chilly Water (3:19)
  3. 3 The Night (4:40)
  4. 4 Wickless Frickness (2:55)
  5. 5 Lady Lay (3:55)
  6. 6 For Sure - The Swell String Section (4:38)
  7. 7 Modern Urban Day Hippie - Klumzy Tung (0:33)
  8. 8 Pieces - Reeps One (3:10)
  9. 9 Rubin (5:32)
  10. 10 Cake - The One Taste Choir (3:39)
  11. 11 All Red - Reeps One (4:31)
  12. 12 Down to the River - The One Taste Choir (5:18)
  13. 13 Once (4:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
More Like Trees Primary Artist
Joshua Whitehouse Guitar, Group Member
Dan Bull Cello
Linden Berelowitz Percussion
Reeps One Beat Box, Beatbox
The One Taste Choir Choir, Chorus
The Swell String Section Strings
Claire Wackrow Violin
Charmian Keay Violin
Rebecca Hopkin Viola
Patricia Ramirez Reinoso Viola
Matthew Whitehouse Percussion, Background Vocals, Cajon, Group Member
Lachlan Radford Background Vocals, Double Bass, Group Member
Technical Credits
Frankie Valli Composer
Marc Waterman Engineer
Joshua Whitehouse Composer, Lyricist
John Hendicott Producer
Fjokra Producer
More Like Trees Composer, Producer
Klumzy Tung Composer
Lachlan Radford String Arrangements
Francesco Lisowski Composer
Fjokra Whitehouse Composer
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