Sunday, October 5, 2008


The Trees were a psychedelic spiritual commune in the early seventies who eventually found their way to the Episcopal Church. The Christ Tree (a reference to the icon of Christ as the trunk and the apostles as the branches) is an entirely unique experience. It's not for the pessimistic of heart. The record has 18 tracks, and each one, as far as I can tell, is based on the Hebrew Psalms. The music reflects these lyrics by being very pastoral-sounding, lots of acoustic guitar, some sitar, flutes, percussion, didgeridoo, and so on. There are typically multiple voices singing at once, sometimes in harmony and sometimes in melody. Some of my favorite tracks, like "Annunciation," have a chant-like quality to their vocals with a slow chugging accompaniment. The record can edge a little on the corny side, but I don't think that enough can be said for how innovative this album was in 1974. It's full of unexpected psychedelic quirks, such as an unwieldy flautist or vocal percussion.

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Tracks :

Psalm 42
Parable of the mustard seed
Psalm 45
Oh little town of Bethlehem
Village Orchestra
Jesus he knows
I will not leave you comfortless
Chant for a Pentecost
Psalm 46

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