Fri 6 Aug 2010
It’s easy to accuse James Nee of ripping off Grizzly Bear, but he’s probably going to be the next big thing in indie music because of it. His debut EP, titled Boyfriend, is full of the same joyous harmonies that found Grizzly Bear fame with Veckatimest, and his voice shares similar characteristics to Daniel Rossen. Like Grizzly Bear or Rossen’s other band Department Of Eagles, We Are Trees’ music similarly builds through cascading strings (violin and cello), docile guitar picking and heavy tom drums to form a bed for Nee’s perfectly delivered, husky vocals. Whether Nee consciously wanted to sound like Grizzly Bear or DOE is difficult to maintain, but he has certainly created a near replica, if only differentiating slightly on Boyfriend’s forth (and last) track ‘Final Round’. The song shares similar elements with Scandinavian pop bands like The Raveonettes and The Radio Dept; in the up/down chords that form the main guitar melody and the use of a simple plodding drum beat. While sounding like two well-established bands dogs listening to We Are Trees, it’s still very clear that they’re a band to take seriously, especially if they can overcome the constant comparison currently bestowed upon them.
We Are Trees’ debut EP, Boyfriend, is available via Bandcamp as a free digital download.
Visit the band’s Myspace page to hear their cover of Best Coast’s ‘When I’m With You’.