Take Me to the Trees

Take Me to the Trees

by Modern EnglishModern English


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Take Me to the Trees features four-fifths of the Modern English that recorded for 4AD during the first half of the '80s. Frontman Robbie Grey had carried versions of the band into the 2000s, but in 2010, keyboardist Steve Walker, guitarist Gary McDowell, and bassist Michael Conroy re-entered the fold with Roy Martin added as drummer. Touring occurred on and off, and over the course of two to three years in Conroy's studio space, they recorded this album with long-inactive fellow 4AD alum Martyn Young -- of the frequently brilliant, ahead of their time Colourbox -- as co-producer and additional keyboardist. Grey rarely howls sharply and no longer croons as deeply as he once did, tending to stick instead with toned-down but still impassioned performances. With what seem like only slight alterations to his approach, Grey expresses fond affection or seething disgust, the latter through the nervy stand-out likes of the nearly glam "You're Corrupt," the driving "Dark Cloud" and "Sweet Revenge," and the pained skeletal ballad "Come Out of Your Hole." Listeners who thought McDowell's electric work on the early albums was too low in the mix should be thrilled with the presence it has here, cutting and slashing through the most inspired moments. A slightly baleful, almost submerged feeling from front to back adds extra allure to what is, at its core, a set of solid material untainted by nostalgia.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2017
Label: Inkind Music
UPC: 5056032307490
catalogNumber: 1
Rank: 47305

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Modern English   Primary Artist
Robbie Grey   Vocals,Group Member
Roy Martin   Drums
Gary McDowell   Guitar,Group Member
Young   Keyboards
Michael Conroy   Bass Guitar,Group Member
Alex Cook   Keyboards
Steve Walker   Keyboards,Group Member
Ray Conrey   Hand Clapping
Gary James   Percussion

Technical Credits

Modern English   Producer
Young   Programming,Producer
Vaughan Oliver   Art Direction
Andrew Pulian   Engineer
Alex Cook   Orchestration
Katie Whitbread   Paintings

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