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I hope you are in the mood for some chilled acoustic folk. This time it’s Josie from Richland/New York and her first EP Cardiac Rest. Her project Trees Hate Everything was born back in 2007 because of the “frustration of the low-quality music she was exposed to.” Her music itself is very calm and inconspicuous because most of the time she plays her steel string guitar and sings the vocals. The sound of the guitar is not always as present as her singing giving a rather lo-fi character to the EP. This beeing said you should have a first picture of the release.
The tracks themselves are sweet as sugar and highly ethereous. There are some moments in them which brake out of the concept, for example in The Things, Oh So Familiar! with it’s distorted percussions and drums at the end. I would not say that was the best thing they have done but I have to grant that it could be much worse. In the end those little experiments are absolutely no reason for not loving this cute six track EP and again I have the feeling Josie will be releasing great music in the future.
As I said etherous you maybe thought of bands like Haruko but this would not quite fit here. Firstly because Josie is not a finger picker and secondly she does not reach those eternal spheres of ease and mystery Haruko does. And this is not necessarily a negative aspect but it clearly distinguishes both artists. But for it is not the goal to copy one another the Cardiac Rest EP is a really, really good first release you can spend some very good times with.
To get the EP easily donwnload it from Acoustic Firework Records and be happy. Again and again it is a great feeling to find such good music for free and I am really thankful for it. I hope this nice small german netlabel will provide more great folk music and I wish both Josie and the label all the best for the future. Don’t forget to visit Trees Hate Everything’s MySpace and official homepage.