Canadian Britpop band Road of Trees consists of only two members. Yet the team of Michael Millerman and Alex White are such well equipped musicians that their dynamic sound infuses indie rock, dreampop and shoegaze. Road of Trees’ first release The Hamilton Sessions, features three songs - “Again Now,” “Angel” and “Faith.”
Groups such as Oasis and the Verve heavily influenced the Canadian duo of Michael Millerman and Alex White in their early years and it shows. “Again Now” is the best example. Millerman and White’s echoing voices hypnotize you while you float on a reverberating sea of organ and guitar. However the following two tracks sound more similar to something you would hear from inside a church. The slow, drawn out vibe on “Angel” makes you want to close your eyes, and sway back and forth while the Holy Spirit consumes you.
“Faith” even more so resembles a Christian rock song. The feel good sound is cheery and makes you want to weather through the storm. Look we all lose our way sometimes. I appreciate that this song is trying to be inspirational. It’s not bad nor does it come off as overly preachy. Maybe I’m a bitter person who’s still trying to find his way. “Faith” does however become a little cheesy almost immediately with lyrics like “Faith! I got faith and its golden. / It’s taking me where I want to be. / Lord if you knew where I been taking, would you come back to me?”
With The Hamilton Sessions only being three songs, it is an extremely short album. “Again Now” is the break out hit. The duo channeled their inner Liam Gallagher, providing a song you can just drift along to. But having one song called “Angel” and the other being “Faith” makes the religious undertones completely take over making the album feel more limited. In any case this is an album worth taking a listen to.
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