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GIANTS IN THE TREES GIANTS IN THE TREES (SELF-RELEASE)

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FORMER NIRVANA BASSIST AND PALS UNLEASH TROUBLE IN THE FOREST

■ “WE LOVE to play music.we like to grow food,” declare Giants In Thetrees on Facebook. The agrarianwa­hkiakum quartet of Krist Novoselic, Jillian Raye (vocals, banjo), Ray Prestagard (guitar, harmica) and Erik Friend (drums) are all Grangers – meaning that they all belong to arcane rural collective­s that help maintain their farming communitie­s. So far, so good, so serious…. Or at least it would be if the four-piece weren’t blessed with a unique sense of playfulnes­s. Musically speaking, theirs is a marriage of ’60s-inspired, progressiv­e psych-folk and sly pop hooks. Krist’s elephantin­e bass undertow is in full effect on deep-grooving first single Sasquatch, but it’s singer Jillian’s distinct ability to shape melodies that defines this wondrously beguiling 12-track, digital-only effort. She shines brightest on Pretend, a bona fide rock anthem enhanced by Jack Endino’s intimate production that confirms that Giants do indeed make local music for a truly global audience. DOWNLOAD: Pretend. FOR FANS OF: Nirvana, Purson. PHIL ALEXANDER

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