In January of this year, All The Trees Are Hers, a band comprised of singer songwriter Jake Elsaesser, bassist Evan Beckstedt and drummer Nick Heffron, released American Angels EP, a standout four-track record. The music is very catchy pop/rock that happens to be made from people who actually play their instruments.
American Angels is more destined to find a place on mainstream radio then the underground. These songs are easy to enjoy as the melodies are infectious and the brand of rock they play isn't very intense. The music is bright and the guitars are usually clean with the vocals being the clear focal point in the mix.
“Blackeyes & Northstars,” a lyrically driven, melodic anthem, begins the album in an upbeat manner. The percussion in this song keeps the mix interesting as Elsaesser’s vocals lead the way through vivacious choruses, slightly subdued verses, all while maintaining an emotive feel throughout the entire song.
The second song of the EP “Halloween Night” is arguably the best on the record as it combines poetic lyrics with catchy melodies and tasteful harmonies blended together. Formatted in a fairly typical pop song structure, All The Trees Are Hers manages to infuse enough of their own personalities into this tune as to make it unique to their band.
“I Can’t Run From You” features a relaxed, swing beat forming the foundation to a wistful, yet hopeful piece. The intensity of the song continually builds to an apex at the end of the track, upon which a piano gracefully fades the song away.
The record ends with an optimistic and energetic tune, “Obsessed (Glow In The Dark).” Repeated riffs on bright guitars and a peppy bass surround the layered vocals and percussion of this track, bringing the album a resolute finale. Overall, this band shows much promise in American Angels EP, and the four tracks serve the band well as an introduction to their talent and style.
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