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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