Sunday, 24 April 2016

Track: Funeral Suits - Tree of Life

The Funeral Suits Tree of Life



Funeral Suits - Tree Of Life


Info: After reaching a whopping 13 million hits for their video 'All Those Friendly People' (bottom), Dublin alternative electronic four-piece Funeral Suits have once again teamed up with Rubyworks (Hozier, Rodrigo Y Gabriela) to release their brand new track 'Tree Of Life' and announce their forthcoming EP due out in late July. Having spent the last couple of years touring throughout Europe with the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Ariel Pink, The Breeders, Passion Pit, amongst other super fantastic acts. While touring, the band tirelessly continued to stop in various parts of the world to track ideas and shape songs. Finally the band took these scribbles, sat down and recorded a complete EP with Ken and Jolyon Thomas who have been responsible for Sigur Ros and M83.

My initial reaction to 'Tree of Life' was one of being hugely impressed, but also a sense of deep isolation as I realised I was probably the last person to hear of this great band. The latest track from the quartet is like a bridge between Animal Collective's 2007 album Strawberry Jam and 2009's Merriweather Post Pavilion. The wavy tempo and very tight balance between electronics and guitar / drums drive the song from a low starting point to a powerful surge which continues through its 5 minute duration.

Lyrically it's a curious experiment, dark humour underlined by lines such as 'Last night I drank a bottle of the blood of Christ' and the wonderful evolutionary synopsis of; 'Got out of the sea, climbed into the trees, chopped down the forest to build our cities'. Perhaps the message is that in it's simplicity and beauty, nature is a great source of happiness and well-being, but we're destined to destroy that happiness and it's one true source, the tree of life. Either way 'Tree of Life' is a fantastic track from a hugely talented band who will continue to win over large swathes of fans internationally whilst they're writing numbers as good as this one.

Funeral Suits - All Those Friendly People


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