big tree

I’m quickly approaching a saturation point with respect to chamber folk, drawn largely from a sense that too many bands are, consciously or not, falling into a paint-by-numbers approach that means a lot of unearned grandiosity. Not so, thankfully, with Big Tree‘s “Storm King,” and the video for the song seizes on the track’s fluidity, building something subtle and beautiful until the big sonic payoff.

The Berkeley band’s latest album, This New Year, is now available on multi-colored vinyl from Soul Step Records, and they’ll be performing at Cafe Du Nord on May 16th. Listen to the entire album after the jump.

Big Tree, Bells, Kapowski
Cafe Du Nord
May 16, 2012
8pm, $10