Review – Hearing Trees

Album: Puppets
Release Date: March 7, 2017
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Genre: Rock

For their short, simple, straightforward 3-song EP Puppets, Winnipeg’s Hearing Trees took over a bar in January and recorded the three tunes live hoping to capture the raw essence of the performance. What they got was an elegant sound with rough edges, like a well-loved blanket.

Frontman Graham Hnatiuk’s unique vocals channel those of Michael Stipe of REM and a younger Matthew Good leaving the listener feel a familiarity not many musicians can evoke and his understated lyrics, while seeming gentle, carry bite as Hnatiuk comments on the facades and disposable nature of our current society.

If you’re looking for a short, uncomplicated EP to explore and are fans of REM, National. Matt Good, or Editors, this is a nice fit to that niche.

If you’re interested in checking them out, Hearing Trees will be appearing at CMW in Toronto in April 2017 and an album release party will be held in Winnipeg at the Park Theatre on April 12.

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